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Assassin’s Creed Pirates Gets Web Browser Treatment, It’s Free

Arr’ matey! If you’re a man of the sea who spends most of his time in front of a computer screen, you might want to give yourself a treat by trying out the Assassin’s Creed Pirates game. Yes, it is free.

This is a browser-based Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag mobile spin-off that can now be enjoyed on your mobile computer thanks to a partnership between Ubisoft and Internet Explorer. You can access the game by visiting here.

This browser based title adopts the gameplay found in the mobile version of Assassin’s Creed: Pirates which launched last year in December for $4.99. The game is designed with the open-framework Babylon.JS.

Though previous Assassin’s Creed games have come out for many mobile platforms over the last few years, this is the first time that a game from the franchise has been released for browsers.

Players will take control of a pirate ship and sail through the harsh Caribbean seas while constantly avoiding mines and obstacles. Users will also have the option of choosing from nine different weather conditions and three difficulty settings.

In addition to these features, players can invite friends from Facebook and also participate in leaderboards. The game can either be played with a mouse and keyboard or on a touch-screen Windows device.

Ubisoft and Internet Explorer plan to take this partnership forward with additional games, of which Assassin’s Creed is the first. Speaking to Polygon, IE senior production manager Justin Garrett stated that Assasin’s Creed was the perfect title to test the technology.

“The Assassin’s Creed franchise was a very natural fit because of the beauty of the Caribbean ocean and the pirate adventuring. It was the perfect story and experience to tell — a technology story through the browser.”

“What Assassin’s Creed does is it takes it to the next level,” Garret said. “With Assassin’s Creed, we took a beautiful native game with all the richness of Ubisoft and really sought to bring that to the browser itself.

Internet Explorer will also be holding a contest related to browser development. Developers who create their own shader for the game’s pirate ship with the Babylon.JS framework would win an Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag Black Chest Edition and an Xbox One. The purpose of the contest is to encourage developers to use the framework for creating browser-based titles.

“What this is about, with Babylon, is it’s going to make it easier and easier for game designers and developers to build more games on the web,” Garrett said. “You don’t have to be a super professional developer to try this out … This is about is pushing the limits of what is possible in the browser. The browser is something that is available on most if not all devices out there.”

Those interested in the contest should check out the official Babylon.JS website.