Up top is the newest assassin, Edward Kenway. Edward is the grandfather of Connor, the protagonist from Assassin’s Creed III. Black Flag will take place during “the dawn of the 18th century” in the West Indies during a time period that is much more entertaining than revolutionary America. Edward’s main weapons of choice are multiple flintlock pistols and dual cutlass’s, as well as the infamous hidden blades. Edward will have a ship, the Jackdaw. As this is an Assassin’s Creed game there will be famous people about, people like Blackbeard, Benjamin Hornigold, Charles Vane, Calico Jack Rackham, and Bartholomew Roberts; but don’t expect Pirates of the Caribbean. The series has always tried to hold it’s own in the history department, and Black Flag will be no different. In the Global Q&A written by Creative Director Jean Guesdon, the game will take 60% on land and 40% on the open seas. The game will release this fall on the Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, WiiU, and PC. More details below as well as some screens from the upcoming game and the brand new trailer.
I find it curious that they went back in time with the numbered series. The games have been, normally, sequential. Starting in Crusades, then to the Renaissance, and on to the American Revolution; Black Flag drops almost 70 years before III. After Black Flag, I want my Victorian London setting. I have been dreaming of a AC taking place there since II. I have been patient. Black Flag does look worlds more interesting than III, I didn’t vote on the Revolutionary setting, and frankly, it’s a boring time in history. Here is hoping Black Flag is what III was promised.
From the official press release:
“A BRASH REBEL ASSASSIN – Become Edward Kenway, a charismatic yet brutal pirate captain, trained by Assassins. Edward can effortlessly switch between the Hidden Blade of the Assassin’s Order and all new weaponry including four flintlock pistols and dual cutlass swords.
EXPLORE AN OPEN WORLD FILLED WITH OPPORTUNITIES – Discover the largest and most diverse Assassin’s Creed world ever created. From Kingston to Nassau, explore 50 unique locations where you can live the life of a pirate including:
– Loot underwater shipwrecks
– Assassinate Templars in blossoming cities
– Hunt for rare animals in untamed jungles
– Search for treasure in lost ruins
– Escape to hidden coves
BECOME THE MOST FEARED PIRATE IN THE CARIBBEAN – Command your ship, the Jackdaw, and strike fear in all who see her. Plunder and pillage to upgrade the Jackdaw with ammunition and equipment needed to fight off enemy ships. The ship‘s improvements are critical to Edward‘ s progression through the game. Attack and seamlessly board massive galleons, recruit sailors to join your crew and embark on an epic and infamous adventure.
EXPERIENCE THE GRITTY REALITY BEHIND THE PIRATE FANTASY – Stand amongst legendary names such as Blackbeard, Calico Jack and Benjamin Hornigold, as you establish a lawless Republic in the Bahamas and relive the truly explosive events that defined the Golden Age of Piracy.
MULTIPLAYER EXPERIENCE – Fight against or cooperate with your friends in the ruthless and acclaimed multiplayer experience. Choose from an eclectic cast of characters and fight to the death in exotic themed maps.”
Assassin’s Creed 4 Black Flag