Now on a yearly schedule like that of the Madden and Call of Duty series, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Ubisoft has a new Assassin’s Creed in the works. The third entry, at least numbered entry, in the series had gamers in two distinct camps when it was released last year, yet here we are on the verge of yet another installment being prepped which appears to be more of the same.
Ubisoft has yet to make things “official”, but as per earlier rumors some new tidbits have been leaked/revealed for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. Sadly this entry in the AC series won’t revolve around Henry Rollins talking about society when he isn’t singing shirtless in bicycle shorts as it’ll instead be set in the deadly world of pirates.
Before you get all excited that Ubisoft is doing something new with the Assassin’s Creed series, Black Flag will merely be an extension of sorts as AC: Brotherhood was to the second entry; except this time the game has been given a numbered title to further itself from the sullied reputation of AC3.
According to a scoop acquired by The Examiner, Black Flag will follow Edward Kenway as he goes on pirating adventures when he isn’t doing the occasional assassination. Reportedly set in the Caribbean, as all good pirate adventures should be, AC4 will likely feature and equal mix of pirating action on the high seas along with the standard hidden blade neck stabbing that gamers expect from the franchise.
The rumored screenshot of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
As some of us expected, Assassin’s Creed IV will follow the cross-generation business model that Ubisoft is doing with Watch Dogs and EA is likely doing with Battlefield 4. Specifics weren’t given as to what, if anything, will be different about the next-gen versions of AC4, though it’s likely we’ll see one or two core differences (DLC, bonus missions) to set it apart from the now aged PS3 and Xbox 360.
This sudden reveal of Assassin’s Creed IV isn’t a fluke at the hands of a fake source since Kotaku received an image of a marketing poster which also confirms the title and pirate setting of the game. Word has it that Ubisoft will officially unveil the game shortly, as in within a matter of days, so we’re bound to know more about the “advances” that are being done to justify releasing six entries of a series in one generation.