Ubisoft is bringing the naval combat concept introduced by Assassin's Creed III and expanded in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag to mobile devices this fall. The publisher announced Assassin's Creed: Pirates for the smartphones and tablets during a Digital Days event Tuesday.
In Assassin’s Creed: Pirates, players control take on the role of a young and ambitious captain named Alonzo Batilla during the Golden Age of Piracy. The game will allow players to engage in "massive real-time naval battles" according to Ubisoft as well as manage their crew, upgrade their ship and recruit new crew members in their quest to become "the most feared pirate in the Caribbean."
For example, purchasing better sails can make Batilla's ship faster, better weapons make it more powerful and recruiting new crew members will grant perks that make Batilla a more effective Captain.
Both Assassins and Templars will make appearances in Assassin's Creed: Pirates as well as famous historical figures including Blackbeard, Bellamy, and Hornigold.
The exact mobile platforms have yet to be announced but the iPhone, iPad and Android devices appear to be a sure bet. However, Ubisoft is billing this as a game for "high-end" devices so older smartphones and tablets may not be compatible.
The following is a Q&A session about Assassin's Creed Pirates provided by Ubisoft.
Assassin’s Creed Pirates Digital Days 2013 Q&A
Q: Are Assassin’s Creed: Pirates and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag linked?
A: The two storylines are not linked. Our idea was to enrich the universe of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, not to copy it. Our story is centered on the mystery of La Buse’s treasure, a mystery that hasn’t be solved to date and that’s not present in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. As you play, you will learn more about La Buse whereabouts while he was in the Caribbean.
Still, both games have the same universe: the Golden Age of piracy in the Caribbean during the 18th century. The story of Assassin’s Creed: Pirates starts just one year after the story of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. Also, you will cross the path of pirates present in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, such as Black Beard.
Q: If the stories are different, who is the main character in Assassin’s Creed: Pirates?
A: In Assassin’s Creed: Pirates, you play the memories of Alonzo Batilla, a young and ambitious pirate that knew La Buse and knew about his hidden treasure. Along the way he will confront the Templars, natural enemies of the pirates, as they are trying to find La Buse’s treasure. The interesting fact is that the cryptogram left by La Buse and that leads to his treasure was actually written in Templar alphabet.
Q: Will some sequences happen in the present time?
A: No, all sequences will happen during Alonzo Batilla’s time in the Caribbean.
Q: What kind of game is Assassin’s Creed: Pirates?
A: Assassin’s Creed: Pirates is an Action/Adventure game. The action takes place during the real-time naval battles that are the core of our gameplay while the adventure is more centered on the exploration of the Caribbean. We also introduced some RPG elements; as you advance through the game and gain XP, you’ll be able to upgrade your ship and expand your crew.
Q: Is Assassin’s Creed: Pirates an open-world game?
A: The world of Assassin’s Creed: Pirates is made of multiple 20km² zones that you can roam freely. You can of course also easily go from one zone to another. So yes, Assassin’s Creed Pirates is an open-world game.
Q: What is the engine used for this game?
A: We are using a brand new engine developed internally by Ubisoft specifically for mobile. This engine allows us to easily display groundbreaking visuals on mobile platforms. We think Assassin’s Creed: Pirates is a great example of this.
Q: For how long has the game been in development and how many people are working on it?
A: The game has been in developments for 6 months and 40 people are currently working on it.
Q: Is the game made in Montreal?
A: No, Assassin’s Creed: Pirates is developed at Ubisoft Paris with the help of our Craiova studios on the technical side. But, as for every Assassin’s Creed game, Ubisoft Montreal studio closely follows the project.
Q: Is the game also a companion app for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag?
A: No it’s not, Assassin’s Creed: Pirates is a completely independent Assassin’s Creed game.
Q: Where, when and at what price will the game be available?
A: The game will be available for high-end smartphones and tablets this fall. The price is not fixed yet but I can already tell you that it will be a premium game without IAP.
Q: What do you mean by high-end smartphones and tablets?
A: We don’t want to downgrade the experience nor the ambition of the game in any way. That’s why the game will only be available to devices that can handle what we want to do in terms of graphics, fluidity and gameplay depth. But we don’t want to exclude players, so the game will be available to most of the current devices.
Q: Will the game be supported post-launch?
A: Updates are already planned yes.
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