Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag

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Naval-based missions will account for 40 per cent of Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag's total mission count, creative director Jean Guesdon has revealed.

Speaking about Ubisoft's upcoming pirate game in a Q&A provided to this morning, Guesdon stated that "mission wise, land missions will represent approximately 60% of the game and naval ones 40%. But if you take the global experience that players will leave with [AC4] we're more talking about 50-50."

But despite the shift towards seafaring, Guesdon claims that land-based gameplay "remains important" to Assassin's Creed 4, and that "free-running, social stealth and combat are still the key pillars" of AC4's ground gameplay, with the player able to engage in free-running and combat during "the boarding sequences of ships".

"The Seamless, systemic open-world system (Horizon System) packed full of sea and underwater activities will represent a big part of the game," Guesdon added.

"At any given moment in the game when you are aboard your ship you can take out your spyglass and survey the world. The Horizon system ensures that you will always have 2 or 3 pirate 'opportunities' available to you. That could be a merchant ship convoy to rob, a whale to hunt, fellow pirates to rescue... the list goes on.

"These opportunities happen systemically and evolve based on your progress, meaning that every player's experience will be different. It means that if you love the naval experience you can play it as much as you want, being constantly and variably challenged outside the main story path."

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag was officially revealed earlier today. The game introduces new assassin Edward Kenway, an ex-Royal Navy sailor who sets sail on the high seas in search of plunder and adventure.

The game is due for release on "every available platform", including PlayStation 4, later this year.

Source: ASSASSIN'S CREED IV BLACK FLAG |Announcement Global Q&A

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clangod's Avatar


The naval missions were my favourite part of ACIII. Mostly because it was something new.

For a franchise that has typically been large in scope this is somewhat pleasing.

I stopped pretending it had anything to do with assassins long ago. And still no crouch button.
Posted 08:37 on 06 March 2013
s_h_a_d_o's Avatar

s_h_a_d_o@ Woffls

Exactly... new IP required.
Obviously Ubisoft consider that too risky though, and would rather flog an expiring equine, than discontinue riding on the coattails of an established brand.
So myopic.
Posted 19:48 on 05 March 2013


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Posted 18:01 on 05 March 2013
rbevanx's Avatar


Well if it's half naval missions then the game is gonna be a pass for me even for cheap as chips.

Hate the naval missions and the story is done now in my eyes. The franchise should have a breather and I think this will be the start of the death for the Assassin's Creed franchise.
Posted 17:46 on 05 March 2013
Njeezy's Avatar


I didn't enjoy the naval parts of AC3 whatsoever, if these new naval missions don't just comprise of sailing around in circles firing cannons for 10 mins, then they might not be utter poo.
Posted 08:39 on 05 March 2013
p0rtalthinker's Avatar

p0rtalthinker@ Woffls

Cause it isn't. That was basically done away with in AC2 when they introduced side missions.
Posted 00:12 on 05 March 2013
altaranga's Avatar

altaranga@ Woffls

Perhaps you need to assassinate an octopus, or eavesdrop on a conversation between two mermaids.
Posted 21:27 on 04 March 2013
Woffls's Avatar


sea and underwater activities will represent a big part of the game
It's like they're not even pretending that this is a game about assassins anymore.
Posted 21:21 on 04 March 2013

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