There is some degree of ambivalence surrounding Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag. While we all love pirates and would be excited to play as the swashbuckling assassin protagonist, we can’t help but feel concerned due to Ubisoft’s fresh take on the series. What if it doesn’t go well?
Speaking to MCV, Lead Content Manager, Carsten Myhill voiced the developer’s desire to ‘redefine piracy in modern entertainment’.
As revealed by Myhill, the pirate take on the series was, in fact, the result of fans appreciation of the naval part of AS3,
Certainly when Assassin’s Creed III naval came out, there was a clamor from the fans for a pirate game. There’s no-doubt that the people want it.
As if realizing that what he had said was that the game is pure fan service, Myhill proceeded to explain the difficulties of the undertaking,
“But it’s not easy. It takes a very talented team, a lot of experience and great tech. It’s one thing having good naval combat, but combining that with good boarding and land-based gameplay in a seamless way, is hard to do. We’re staying away from cliches. Things like walking the plank, parrots on the shoulder and hooks for hands. We are giving pirates the HBO, reality treatment. And that allows us to redefine piracy in entertainment. No longer is it for kids.”
So there you have it, Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag will redefine piracy by introducing assassins into the mix and going against cliches.