If you’re uncertain of whether you should get excited for Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag then it’d probably be a good idea to check out some gameplay demos for the game. Unfortunately those are in short supply at the moment so we have to make do with secondhand accounts from people that have participated in behind-closed-doors demos, and UbiBlog is here to provide.
There’s no footage unfortunately, so be prepared for a wall of text if you read the article by Gary Steinman, but I will try to summarize the main points of the preview here.
The demo has to do with sugar plantations, of which there were many in the Age of Piracy. Sugar was a very valuable commodity in those times, often referred to as ‘White Gold’, and pirates desired it greatly.
Edward Kenway is no exception, and he excels at raiding plantation and emptying their stores. The demo starts off with Kenway anchoring a ways away from the plantation and swimming silently the rest of the way.
Your objective will be to obtain the key to the storehouses, which is in the possession of a different guard everytime. The Plantation is pretty big, and there are a lot of guards to get past. You’ll usually be forced to take to higher positions so you can get to the snipers that are standing guard in trees and on rooftops.
Another feature is disabling the alarm bells that can be found on plantations. If a guard sees you he’ll immediately book it for one of these bells and ring it, alerting all of the plantation guards to come down on your head.
You will have to use Eagle vision frequently until you find the keyholder, and then you have to get it from him, either by taking him down or pickpocketing. Some cool abilities Kenway uses involve one of his signature weapons; the blowgun. This thing can fire both poisonous and sleep darts, making your enemies start fighting each other in their hallucinations or take a nap.
Following the acquisition of the key, it’s a simple matter to proceed to the storehouse, taking out the guards stationed there and making off with the valuables.
Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag is set for release on October 29 of this year.