Let’s Talk Assassin’s Creed: Black Flags

Assassin’s Creed III is the highest selling game in the history of Ubisoft. So what’s next?

Because of the popularity Assassin’s Creed has gotten over the past years, it’s no wonder that the company is thinking about releasing an entry in the series every year. In a past interview with EuroGamer, Creative Director Alex Hutchinson stated the following – “Our goal is to ship a game every year but never to develop a game in a year.”, so it’s clear that while Ubisoft has much respect for the franchise, giving their developers more than a year to work on a game, they do plan on annualising the series. So what’s next after Assassin’s Creed III?

During a post-earnings financial call, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot stated that a new Assassin’s Creed game is set to be released before April 2014. It will feature a new protagonist, in a new setting. We heard rumors about a potential entry in the series taking place in Brazil, and many fans have speculated about an ancient China setting. Now, thanks to 2 Reddit users, we might have a clue about what Ubisoft’s planning.

“Whilst sitting in a San Francisco Cafe, I happened to overhear two advertising designers discussing a new piece of ACIII DLC, titled Black Flag, that will focus more deeply on naval combat. According to them, the tagline stands as “Survival is the Only Thing Worth Dying For,” and the commercial being pitched involves an Admiral of the British Royal Navy attempting to arrest Connor Kenway on the high seas, whilst a Johnny Cash song sets the tone. The DLC is apparently nearly six months out and still in early development, but seems to be a definite project that Ubisoft is working on.”

While this sounds like something plausible, it does raise the the question as to why didn’t Ubisoft include this DLC in the Season Pass of Assassin’s Creed III as well. They said the season pass will include 5 downloadable add-ons, two of which are already out, and the next three are all about the tyranny of king Washington. So where does this content fit in this third (numerical speaking) entry?

  • A more interesting statement comes from the other Reddit user, photoacoustic:

“I was on a flight where the lady in the row in front of me was working on a powerpoint presentation on marketing strategies of several gaming titles. And one that stood out the most was AC4: Black Flags, aimed for release 2013 Holiday season according to her slide. It already had a cool looking logo for it.”

Now this sounds like something Ubisoft would really do. One of Assassin’s Creed III’s biggest surprises was the naval combat. At first, it seemed as weird as Revelation’s tower defense mini-game, but the truth is that it’s infinite times better than the later. Gamers loved those segments, so why not make it a focus in the next entry?

Now I’m not suggesting Ubisoft will turn Assassin’s Creed into a full fledged naval combat-only game, but a pirate themed one sounds incredibly promising, not to talk about the fact that the industry is incredibly lacking in that department. Sure, we’ve had the likes of Risen 2: Dark Waters, but while the atmosphere sure looked, and sounded like a pirate’s heaven, the gameplay wasn’t as great as it could have been. So how about we finally get a good ‘pirate’ game?

Think about it: you would be the captain of your own ship, fully customisable, of course, with a full crew acting as your assassin recruits, a gameplay feature first introduced to us in Brotherhood; there would be several big islands for you to explore, from cities, to hills, caverns, and so on; from finding hidden treasures, to boarding ships and “swashbuckling” your way through everyone after you pretty much wrecked them with your cannons, to discovering hidden agendas of other notorious pirates, the premise would certainly be a fresh, and interesting one.

What do you think? Would you like a pirate themed Assassin’s Creed? Let us know in the comments below, and for more assassinations and booty news, keep it locked to Analog Addiction!

Vlad Pintea is a senior editor of news and features here at Analog Addiction, and sometimes he even reviews games. You can contact him via e-mail at vlad94pintea@yahoo.com or vlad94pintea@gmail.com, on Skype, My IGN, Steam (all at the same name: vlad94pintea) or Facebook (Vlad Pintea). Have a good day and remember! Stay calm and keep on gaming!

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6 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Assassin’s Creed: Black Flags

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  3. To be honest, I would appreciate it if Ubisoft even considers developing a Naval-themed AC spin-off since it was perhaps the best part of Assassin’s Creed III’s overall package. Would love to be able to manage the ship, journey with my crew, and take part in epic set-piece battles throughout history.

    Great post sir!

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  4. I was walking down the street the other day and a bum was wearing a hooded jacket, I think this is pointing towards a new Homeless edition of Assassins Creed…Really hard for me to take either of those sources with any reliability, they both sound very farfetched.

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  5. It’s an interesting concept. I honestly wouldn’t mind if they stayed in America for the next entry, maybe around the time of the civil war (which is hinted at in epilogue scenes in AC3).

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