Not one to leave leaked game reveals lying around, Ubisoft today officially announced Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.
This next entry in the famed historical open world stealth series will star a new protagonist who has been rumored to be Edward Kenway. If that last name sounds familiar to you it’s because he is the father of Haytham Kenway and therefore grandfather to Assassin’s Creed III hero Connor. We can see from the cover art revealed that Black Flag will indeed have a pirate theme. It is also confirmed that this adventure will take place in late 17th century – early 18th century Caribbean where the “Golden Age of Piracy” primarily took place.
Apart from the rumored early 2014 release date, not much else is known yet until Ubisoft gets into more details on March 4th. That doesn’t mean we can’t already start speculating on what we’d like to see, though!
More naval battles
This is a safe bet considering the setting. Arguably, the naval missions in Assassin’s Creed III were the best inclusion the franchise has implemented so far. I would find myself all too often forgoing story missions in favor of setting sail and sinking enemy ships to Davey Jones’ Locker. These segments were a welcome change of pace from the usual running around and stabbing people that can admittedly get tiresome after a while. Let’s hope that Black Flag builds upon this and make the gameplay at sea as open as it is on land!
Better ship upgrades
Any sea-worthy ship could use a few upgrades here and there. While we did get some basic ones in Assassin’s Creed III such as better defense, stronger attacks, and different ammo types, there could still be a whole lot more to add. How about more cannons or, better yet, grappling hooks for your crew to pull a ship in close for boarding? I imagine seizing ships will be a bigger deal this time around so that would make sense. I can even see a new economy system take place where you use money or contraband stolen from ships in order to pay for these improvements.
Control your own pirate fleet
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood introduced running your own band of assassins and the Assassin’s Creed III “Tyranny of King Washington” DLC has you commanding spirit wolves. Why not allow us to lead our own pirate navy in Black Flag? Considering that our new protagonist is part of the Order of Assassins, it wouldn’t be a stretch to think that amassing an armada would be a primary focus in order to rule the high seas.
“Swashbuckling” fighting style
If Ubisoft is going to have us play as a pirate, then he damn well better fight like one! The “swashbuckling” style is meant to be more fancy and flamboyant as well as a whole lot of fun to watch. Considering how impressive the animations were in Assassin’s Creed III, I’m excited to see how the redesigned sword fighting will look like. If we can lead someone to “walk the plank” right off of a ship, then all the better!
What pirate adventure would be without a search for buried treasure? We already got a taste of treasure hunting from the Captain Kidd side quest in Assassin’s Creed III. Just like with the ship upgrades, however, that only makes us want more. This would be perfect fodder for collectibles and allow us to search for the lost treasure of some real pirates! Speaking of which…
Meet real pirates
As I said earlier, this is the “Golden Age of Piracy” which means the best of the best buccaneers were terrorizing ships at the time Black Flag is supposedly taking place. There are the classics like Blackbeard, Black Bart, and the previously mentioned Captain Kidd. Other interesting figures I’d love to see includes one of the only female pirates Anne Bonny as well as the slave turned pirate Black Caesar who later became a lieutenant under Blackbeard. You can check out more potential characters here.
Let us know what else you’d like to see in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag in the comments below and stay tuned on March 4th when more details come in!