As promised, Ubisoft has premiered the debut trailer (shown below) of their new installment in the "Assassin's Creed" series, "Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag," today on Mar. 4. Along with our introduction to our newest protagonist, Ubisoft has unveiled many details about the new game's direction and mechanics while still keeping a few major ones close to the vest.
"Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag" follows Edward Kenway, the father of Haytham Kenway and the grandfather of Connor Kenway, in the continued struggle between the Assassins and the Templars. Set during the earlier half of the 18th century, the player will be traversing the Carribean and exploring the concept of failure in the old system leading up to the dawn of the new democracy in "Assassin's Creed III." The new game will expand on the naval system established in the last game and Ubisoft will be introducing what they call the "first true naval overworld." With around 50 small and large locations, players will be able to explore three major cities that connect them all, Havana, Nassau and Kingston. Havana has been compared to Venice in "Assassin's Creed II" in terms of vertical emphasis, Nassau is home to the Republic of Pirates and Kingston is a dangerous and no doubt anti-pirate British-controlled city. The land-based parts of the game will comprise of about 60% of the game's core missions. Developers from "Far Cry 3" have joined the "Black Flag" team to help ensure the success of the sea-based gameplay. Considering how fun "Far Cry 3" was and the success of the naval battles in "Assassin's Creed III," "Black Flag" may offer a very exciting highseas adventure ahead.
Ubisoft has revealed that instead of Desmond being the anchor for the modern story in the new game, since his story was concluded in "Assassin's Creed III," players will operate a person hired by the Templar-controlled Abstergo Entertainment to research into a pivotal point in Desmond's ancestry. With the successes and failures of the last five games' modern world sections in mind, Ubisoft is working to find the balance between the past and present in "Black Flag." Much of these details as well as others have still yet to be revealed. E3 will no doubt offer some more teasers to help prepare us for the game's launch.
"Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag" has been confirmed so far for Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii U and PC, and will be released sometime towards the end of this year.