One of my favorite parts about Assassin’s Creed III was the naval battle sections that saw you command a ship on the high seas. The news that the sequel would include more naval sections elated me greatly, and I had such dreams of what they could do with the new hardware, such as implementing multiplayer versions of those fantastic naval battles.
Ubisoft crushed those dreams today when they confirmed that there wouldn’t be any multiplayer versions of the naval battles, but at least they explained why this particular feature isn’t making the final cut.
Ashraf Islamil, the director on Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag explained in an interview with GameSpot why they had to drop the idea.
Naval multiplayer, unfortunately, we don’t have it. It’s something we tried at the beginning, but we didn’t feel we can get it to a good enough level for this iteration
It might sound somewhat lame, but it’s a legitimate excuse to not do something.
When you’ve got a series as popular as Assassin’s Creed, you don’t want to release a game with subpar features, lest it just be a disappointment to millions of gamers. At least we’ve still got the singleplayer naval battles that have already proved to be tons of fun and can only be improved upon.