Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag

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There is no issue releasing a new Assassin's Creed title each year, providing the quality remains high, Ubisoft Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat has told Eurogamer.

Quizzed on the possibility that players are becoming less interested in the multi-million selling franchise, Mallat denied this to be the case.

"The players will tell us. Right now there are more and more coming into the franchise, so I don't see that day," said Mallat.

"It's our breakthrough. When you have quality content, the frequency of coming out with the game is not an issue at all.

"On the contrary, people expect more and more of that content. So it's natural to be able to provide that content. The gamers are happy and it's our job to make them happy."

And it's pretty difficult to argue otherwise given Assassin's Creed 3 has shifted a staggering 12 million copies and became the biggest launch in Ubisoft's history.

All of this is possible thanks to Ubisoft's multi-team approach to creating its tent-pole release.

"When we say we are annualising the franchise, we don't say the teams only have one year to work on a project," Mallat explained.

"Assassin's Creed is mature enough in terms of reaching the critical mass of players and community, but also in terms of envisioning enough content for years to come, and in terms of technology to sustain all that.

"And more importantly, it's mature enough in growing the talent and the core teams so we can have several core teams working on the next one and other projects on the brand.

"That's why every Assassin's Creed has one dedicated core team working more than one year on their projects. We call that a roadmap. It takes into account the creative content - the settings, the where and what - the technology and the team."

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag releases on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC and Wii U on November 1, 2013. Dates for the PC and next-generation versions have yet to be confirmed.

Source: Eurogamer

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In all fairness, Ubi do pack a hell of a lot to do in their titles, and AC is an exemplar of this design ideology. Still playing through the main missions of AC3 (albeit very slowly, doing all the side stuff as I go along), and... I have really warmed up to the game - despite the dodgy combat changes which I still dislike. So long as the gameplay is fun, and it keeps me entertained for a good number of hours, I will give it a purchase.

Besides, it is readily apparent they wanted to focus on piracy in AC3, but couldn't really given the overarching theme of the title, so a dedicated title might just build on their strengths. And it gets rid of Connor, which is another plus.

Just improve the duelling nature of combat, implement full effects of different types of cannon shot (I did get to use chain shot last night to take down rigging, but it was handled in a rather clumsy manner), and give me more platofrming/treasure hunting quests... and I'll be happy.

And hey, if the title following covers Hatham's early years in London - I can't say I'd be opposed to that, either. Just so long as the games are engaging and fun, I don't care what series they belong to.
Posted 12:57 on 02 April 2013
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BC_Animus

Enzio was alright, but overrated IMO. I'm semi intrigued by all the weird alien crap, trying to see how it all links up with the future/present day part of the story, however I find the main gameplay to be mind numbingly dull. Love the jumping and climbing, and the swordplay's not too bad - but god it's the constant stream of repetitiveness that I can't stand.
Posted 12:20 on 02 April 2013
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rbevanx@ BC_Animus

If you are not intrested in the story or Ezio I would stop at Brotherhood mate. It goes really downhill after Brotherhood.
Posted 12:14 on 02 April 2013
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BC_Animus@ FantasyMeister

I really liked the original AC. Have played and finished the 2nd one though I thought it was repetitive as hell - basically the same as the original, but larger maps so more running/walking between repetitions.

I'm probably about halfway through Brotherhood, but I have Revelation and ACIII sitting on my shelf atm waiting. Even have the Vita game. You know what though - I think I'm done with the series. Not buying anymore.
Posted 12:07 on 02 April 2013
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rbevanx@ FantasyMeister

I can see myself giving the franchise a break with this new one, hated the naval missions as well in 3.
The story is finished to me after 3 anyway and that was the main reason I got Assassin's Creed 3 so early as I was worried I would encounter spoilers.
Posted 11:46 on 02 April 2013
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FantasyMeister

It's a problem for me, I'm still on Revelations and I've burned out on the gameplay already. Not sure I could stomach another so soon.
Posted 11:43 on 02 April 2013
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EverTheOptimist

It's not an issue if sales figures keep climbing for Ubisoft (AMIRIGHT?) but I find it hard to get excited about annual releases. I love, absolutely love, waiting for a game that has taken years to develop and produce, especially if it's part of a series. By the time it comes out I'm keen to jump back into that world and I truly cherish it if the game meets my expectations. That's why I'm so hyped for the new GTA. It's been almost five years since I bought GTA IV and, having taken a break, I'm ready to jump back in.
Posted 11:17 on 02 April 2013
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rbevanx@ Woffls

Must be because it's early in the morning and half asleep. I thought for two seconds it was an April fool from yesterday or something :p
Posted 11:03 on 02 April 2013
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Woffls@ rbevanx

n is practically an upside down u so that means they cancel each other out and just disappear. "assin's" disappeared because you were reading videogamer.com as sins washed away. I can't explain the apostrophe. That's just weird.
Posted 11:01 on 02 April 2013
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rbevanx

Is anyone else here dyslexic and have a visual disorder like me and thought for two seconds the headline was Anal Ass Creed?
Posted 10:54 on 02 April 2013
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Woffls

Well if more people are buying it, who's to say that doesn't imply quality, right Ubisoft?
Posted 10:36 on 02 April 2013

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Release Date: 22/11/2013
Developer: Ubisoft
Publisher: Ubisoft
Genre: Action
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