As promised Ubisoft officially announced the next installment of the ‘Assassin’s Creed’ franchise, this time the story will focus on a pirate that was trained by the legendary group of ‘Assassin’s’ named Edward Kenway.
The new game will bring with it a whole new hero and location. Ubisoft stated that the new game will offer players “the most diverse and seamless Assassin’s Creed world ever created”. Despite a leaked trailer that hit the internet last week, Ubisoft has been secretly working on the title for the last two years. The game is being developed by the Assassin’s Creed teams in Ubisoft Montreal with support from Ubisoft studios in Annecy, Bucharest, Kiev, Quebec, Singapore and Sofia.
Ubisoft has confirmed that ‘Assassin’s Creed: IV Black Flag’ will be released on the Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Wii U and PC. Ubisoft also confirmed that the game will release on “other next generation consoles” which points to the game being released on the next Xbox 360 as well.
“With the new hero and new setting we are creating the boldest and most unique Assassin’s Creed game yet, while still respecting the pillars of the franchise that have made it such a fan favorite,” said Yves Guillemot, chief executive officer at Ubisoft. “Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag is based on a true, harsh and exciting part of a legendary era and will thrill longtime fans and newcomers alike.”
The new game ‘Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag’ will tell the story of Edward Kenway, who is a young British man with “a thirst for danger and adventure” according to the official Ubisoft statement that was released today. Kenway, once was privateering for the Royal Navy, now lives the life as a pirate. According to Ubisoft “Edward is a fierce pirate and seasoned fighter who soon finds himself embroiled in the ancient war between Assassins and Templars”.
The title will take place in the 18th Century and will feature some of the most infamous pirates in history including “Blackbeard and Charles Vane”. Players will set sail across the West Indies during the “Golden Age of Pirates”. Just like with other titles, ‘Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag’ will feature an open world with “more than 50 navigable locations”. Ubisoft has also stated that multiplayer will return in the game, adding “multiplayer experience is more varied and ruthless than ever in Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag”.
Customers who purchase Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag on PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 can download 60 minutes of additional gameplay via the PlayStation Network after the game’s launch.
Collector’s Editions of Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag will be available in the EMEA region. More details will be unveiled by the end of March.