What separates Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag from previous entries of the Ubisoft franchise is the fact that fans will sail the Caribbean seas aboard their own ship. In a new post from the official Ubisoft blog on Oct 14, Game Director Ashraf Ismail explained how introducing a player-owned ship really changes the pace of the series.
In addition to creating a larger open-world map which features exploration on both land and sea, progression is finally properly introduced to the series thanks to the game’s ship mechanics claims Ismail. Not only will gamers be able to upgrade the Jackdaw, Captain Edward Kenway’s ship which players will claim as their own within Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, but the title’s ship combat will finally allow the series to add enemies of increasing difficulty for the first time. As Ismail explained, in past Assassin’s Creed games, the developer decided they couldn’t create on-foot units of increasing power as the player should be allowed to assassinate all enemy characters with a single blow. Due to the introduction of naval combat, however, Ubisoft is finally able to pit players against enemies that will progressively become tougher.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag releases later this year on the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii U, PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4.