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Assassin’s Creed 4: Present-Day Settings Detailed

Assassin’s Creed 4’s present-day setting is going to be more than just a room. The latest installment will give players plenty of activities which though are optional, but still can take up to five hours to complete.

“In total, if you were to do everything in the present day – find everything, hack every computer, access every room – it’s a solid three to five hours,” game director Ashraf Ismail revealed in a new Ubisoft blog post. “For the main path – the stuff you’re required to do – it’s somewhere between 20 and 25 minutes. You leave the Animus five times during the game’s main path and each time you’re there for about three to four minutes.

“We pretty much tried to boil it down to its most core essence because we know there are people out there who really don’t like the present day, and that’s okay. You don’t have to like it, but it’s part of the brand. For the people who like the present day and are big fans, we put in a lot of fan service and a lot of fun optional content. You get to choose if you want it or not.”

There is also going to be plenty of additional content that will relay to players what happened to Desmond after Assassin’s Creed III. “We used it as an opportunity to say goodbye to Desmond,” Ismail said. “There’s actually a lot of stuff linked to him that you find.”

The PS3 and PS4 versions of the game will feature one hour of exclusive gameplay starring Aveline de Grandpré, the female protagonist of Vita game Assassin’s Creed 3 Liberation, and Ismail promised they’ll be a number of additional “awesome cameos” for fans to enjoy.

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag releases later this month for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. Next-gen versions will be released later on.