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New Gameplay Showcases Stealth In Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

A look at what to expect when Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag hits store shelves this October.

Ashraf Ismail, the game director of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, recently released a gameplay video for the upcoming installment of Ubisoft's hit series.  The video highlights what players can expect from the game and showcases what the next-gen consoles will allow Assassin's Creed IV to do graphically.

Importance of Next-Gen for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

From the video, Ismail shows off two different landscapes that are possible only because of the new technology being released in the Fall.  The underwater cave scene and the dense jungle scene show off the capabilities that next-gen has provided Ubisoft.  From the video, the game looks stunning and aims to immerse the player into the Caribbean landscape.

Exploration of Underwater Caves

Assassin's Creed has always been built around a large area to explore and now Ubisoft has added another facet to that aspect of the game.  The underwater cave shows Edward, the game's main protagonist, submerging with the assistance of a diving bell to dispatch enemies and collect the treasure in that cave.  One of the interesting points about this scene is that when Edward dives, he does so without any of his weapons so players will have to rely on stealth to survive these encounters.  And with enemy soldiers and sharks to deal with, players might just miss their gear when they go spelunking.

The Cities of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

There are three cities in which players can expect to spend time in Assassin's Creed IV when it releases this Fall.  Those cities are Havana, Kingston and the pirate haven of Nassau.  Ismail says in the video that Havana is a Spanish town that "was built as an homage to the cities of Assassin's Creed II."  That means players will have ample access to rooftops and will lead to plenty of potential free-running around the city.  Also, from looking at the map in the video, the area covered by the cities will once again give players much to explore and find while running around.

Assassination contracts will return to Assassin's Creed and those will most likely be located in all three cities.  The contracts will not pertain directly to the main storyline of the game but do offer players the chance to earn some extra currency if they choose.  Assassination contracts will also be offering bonus currency to players who can complete the contract while remaining undetected.  This again seems to be pointing towards Ubisoft's drive to make Assassin's Creed IV focused heavily on the stealth elements of being an Assassin.  Not much was shown on the other two cities but Ubisoft does need to keep some secrets hidden for later. 

In Closing

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag looks to pick up where Assassin's Creed 3 left off, and more importantly advance the series in more than just the story.  It will be interesting to see just how much Ubisoft can achieve with next-gen capabilities.  From the video, the graphics looks visually stunning and from Ubisoft's track record you can bet that the gameplay will be good as well.  The game is set to release on October 29, 2013 in North America so Ubisoft has plenty of time to continue drumming up support for the title. 

Published Aug. 13th 2013
  • Courtney Gamache
    Featured Contributor
    Being a HUGE fan of the Assassin's Creed games I can't wait for Black Flag! This will bring a brand new twist onto the AC franchise, seeing as it's moving forward into history from Ezio, Connor, and now this pirate! Definitely putting it on my list of games to pick up this year!
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Associate Editor
    I have a huge AC fan too. It blows me away, and cools me down...get it? hehe, not funny...oh...never mind. Anyway...(I am a huge fan).
    I was slightly disappointed in AC3. I only got the feels when Connor was young. Where as Ezio I get the feels, and same with Altair. Connor just felt like a spoiled child, but I did hate Charles Lee, but just because of him, not Connor hating him too. Anyway AC3 was gameplay wise the best, it was amazing, story was kinda alright, but Connor was the weakness of that game, even if he was still pretty awesome.
    But Black Flag looks to have the gameplay + story + characters + world. Which Revelations had the best story (with...next one), but the rest was...meh. Brotherhood has the best mechanics (the brotherhood buidling stuff), and characters and story with AC:B. AC2 just had the most uniqueness, and wonder. AC1 (for me) has the best main character, I love Altair. But Black Flag looks like it's going to have all of these, looks like it's got all of em!
  • MyNameIsProjekt
    Columnist
    @SpazIdNinja I agree with you on AC3 and the way they developed Connor throughout the story. I remember Altair being headstrong in the first Assassin's Creed but you got to watch him grow and mature throughout the game. Ezio was the same way throughout AC2 and all its followup games, but Connor doesn't share that same kind of path of maturity. Not going to criticize Connor too much, naturally I think he would have some issues after what he'd been through as a child, but I just didn't identify with him as much as I have with the previous Assassins.

    But Ubisoft has been doing a fantastic job advancing the story and the gameplay mechanics, so I am definitely excited about Black Flag. I just hope Edward matures along the same lines as Altair or Ezio and is a character I can connect with a little more.

    Super excited about this game! The trailer has made me sit down to try and figure out whether I'll be getting a PS4 or an Xbox One...that in its own right is a struggle.
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Associate Editor
    As I say to everyone, I am getting it on PC cause I can. But the question for you is, which do you prefer? Ok now we can't say controllers PICK! But we can say, do you want the extra 30 minutes Sony have? Bearing in mind they threw money at Ubi for that. Or do you want it on Xbox One? Which do you have more friends on for the multiplayer, if you want to play that. They will be the same game, as good as each other, it just comes down to support the stupid exclusivity or not. I went with PC to show Ubi, look PC gamers do buy! Also, as it's a PS4/X1 the port will be good, same/similar architecture.
  • MyNameIsProjekt
    Columnist
    @ziggy I think Black Flag could be the best Assassin's Creed yet! It does have the unfair advantage of the next-gen consoles giving Ubisoft more to work with, but even the game seems to be expanding. I loved the setting of Assassin's Creed II because the cities gave you so much to look at, and seeing that Havana is built like the cities from AC2 is a huge plus. Added to the fact that the setting is the Caribbean means Black Flag has a lot going for it. It will definitely be a game I will be keeping my eye on until its release day.
  • Amy White
    Former Editor in Chief
    Being a stealth junkie I'm really excited for Black Flag. I gave it a lot of grief upon announcement for being a cheap ploy to sell a game because it has pirates, but I'm going to eat my delicious delicious words and get this game as soon as it comes out.

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