With what already is one of the most innovative multiplayer experiences in the industry today, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is continuing to push things further and place the control in the players’ hands.
If you’ve played this multiplayer, you understand how different it is and the type of diversity it provides. If you’ve played this multiplayer before, then you also know there are certain aspects you love and other aspects you wish you could change.
Given that, Ubisoft has decided to give the power back to the fans in Assassin’s Creed IV. We were finally able to see firsthand just how Game Lab is going to work, and we experienced it on PS4. Bear in mind, everything we are about to go over is not exclusive. It's available on all platforms.
This particular feature allows players to take total control of the type of matches they take part in. People can specify nearly every major detail they would want in a multiplayer match.
We all have our favorites maps to compete in and all eight launch maps will be accessible to players in Game Lab. Not only is the location important, but also so is the type of match players compete in.
A personal favorite has got to be Wanted, but Artifact Assault is extremely engaging to play, if you’re competing with the right crowd. In case you do not know, Artifact Assault is Assassin’s Creed’s equivalent of Capture the Flag.
After players have the major elements of their match setup, they can then choose to adjust things; such as the types of abilities players can and can’t use, the value of certain kills and bonuses, as well as the length of each session.
So if you are not a fan of the smoke bomb ability, you can go ahead and ban that for the multiplayer matches you play. If you do not want people to be able to use the morph ability, then you can ban that as well.
Those who decide to make a kill worth 1000 points though, they will be scaled down so each player’s progression doesn’t get out of control. Ubisoft did confirm to us that playing in a public match will typically net you more experience points, than private matches you create.
Ubisoft also announced that Assassin’s Creed IV’s multiplayer will be reflecting the most popular match types that players create. So when you look for a public match, Ubisoft has said the types of matches available will be player-created matches that people have taken part in the most.
This should add a nice element of diversity and ownership to the multiplayer experience. Gamers love creating things, so what better way to empower them, then by showcasing their best match types.
Those of us who are professionals when it comes to the multiplayer modes, will see that the Focus bonus has been adjusted a bit. No longer are players just rewarded with 150 points only once they have a full meter filled. Once they have it filled to 50% of the way, players will have at least 50 bonus points if they choose to kill then.
One of the newest, most popular modes that was introduced with last year’s multiplayer was Wolfpack. This specific mode is back once again and it comes with some interesting, new improvements for players.
Not only will there be three modes of difficulty (standard, difficult and hardcore), but those difficulties will come with a different amount of levels to clear. For those who compete on standard mode, there will be 25 levels to complete. When you play on difficult, there will be 30 levels to complete. Finally, for those who play on hardcore, there will be 35 levels to complete.
Ubisoft said this was to reward those who really worked hard to progress through each difficulty.
Wolfpack will also have a different mode called Discovery where it’s a bit of a tutorial for the mode, but it has a few different twists to it that players will enjoy. One of them is protecting four different chests from the AI that try to steal their loot. Again, trying to get the most points per kill is still the goal, but this new mode adds some interesting diversity and pace.
If you haven’t had the chance to experience Assassin’s Creed’s multiplayer, there is no better time to join the community than now. It looks to remain one of the most innovative, entertaining and addicting multiplayer experiences around today.