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Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag outed with new 18th century pirate theme

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Several screenshots and images have been making their way around the Internet as proof of Assassin’s Creed 4, including the picture above. What we see is an assassin dressed similarly to Connor in Assassin’s Creed 3, fighting what looks to be a bunch of rag-tag pirates. The game is rumored to be called Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and according to Eurogamer, will feature Edward Kenway, the father of Haytham Kenway and grandfather of Connor Kenway.

The leaked artwork features on a poster sent out to retailers and on the reverse side is a map of the Caribbean, featuring naval ports of Havana, Kingston and the southern tip of Florida. A new skull and crossbones Assassin’s symbol can be seen as well.

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What do you think of this reveal? Will you be picking it up if it’s released for Wii U?

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  • EvanescentHero

    Meh. I didn’t find Assassin’s Creed III as good as most others for a number of reasons. I especially didn’t like the white and blue outfit; I think they should have stuck with the previous white and red. Additionally, I didn’t find the naval missions all THAT great, so a game based around those would have to feature very revamped sailing mechanics to be enjoyable to me.

    All that aside, there are two time periods I’d be excited to see AC games set in: steampunk and modern day. Steampunk is less likely, I feel, since these games are always set in the real world, but I think a modern-day one would be a lot of fun. In AC III, I had the most fun in the Desmond segments, so I’d absolutely buy a modern-day one. That’s part of why I’m excited for Watch_Dogs and why I enjoy games like Uncharted.

    • Darkscarab

      i just give Connor ezio’s outfit ( i play the pc version not sure if consoles have it) and yeh they will need to polish the naval stuff up other than that to me seems like a assassins creed windwaker type thing going on maybe, where you sail to islands and such.

    • audi lover

      You didnt like an outfit so the games not as good seems like a tapped reason especially your first reason to give

      • EvanescentHero

        Okay, fine, I’ll get into it. First of all, the blue trim as opposed to the red distanced Connor’s image from that of the other assassins for me, so yeah, the different outfit turned me off a little. If Mario’s outfit in the next game was black overalls and a bright orange shirt, wouldn’t that be a bit weird? Wouldn’t that turn you off to the game a little? Secondly, there are a number of reasons I don’t like it as much. The Templars seemed flat in comparison to previous games. The ending was a bit anticlimactic, both for Connor and for Desmond. There were none of the fun platforming segments that were in others like Revelations, at least none that I found. The story was a little slower than I would’ve liked, and some of the missions, like the Paul Revere one, were annoying or silly to me. Connor himself didn’t have a hell of a lot of personality. No love interest is shown throughout the game, which is a big deal because the series is literally about the fact that Desmond exists. Overall, I simply didn’t enjoy it as much as some of the others.

        • audi lover

          What like when mario costume changes when he takes a flower or other items like in mario 3 turns into a flying racoon his costume changes, or flashes when he gets a star albeit for a short period of time but still it changes, fair enough on your other comments if you found these affected the enjoyment of the game thats your opinon, but the costume thing is just silly

          • EvanescentHero

            “The costume thing is just silly.”
            As is you criticizing my reasoning. And Mario changing costume when he gets a powerup is totally the same as if his DEFAULT COSTUME was different than it had been in every game previous. If the next Zelda game had Link wearing a bright yellow tunic by default, people would think it was weird. Besides, Connor wearing different robes made him feel disconnected from the series to me, which did, in fact, affect my enjoyment of the game. Hell, I ended up buying different outfits in most AC games, but that doesn’t change the fact that generally the assassin you play as begins the game with the same default outfit throughout the series.

            Let me give you another example. What’s the most common complaint about the new DmC game? Dante looks different. Now of course Connor looks different from Altaïr and Ezio, seeing as they’re different people. Nevertheless, they’re part of an organization that traditionally wears the same clothes. The image of the assassin in white robes with red trim is the image of Assassin’s Creed. Just like the mustachioed plumber in blue overalls and a red shirt is the image of Mario, or a young man in a green tunic is the image of Zelda, or a pink ball is the image of Kirby. Now, if Mario’s default outfit had orange instead of red, or Link’s tunic was yellow instead of green, or Kirby was purple instead of pink, playing as that character would feel odd to anyone who was familiar with the series. Yes, it’s superficial, but it does have an impact when the character’s design changes, so yes, the fact that Connor’s robes had blue instead of red was weird to me. It made me feel slightly disconnected from the rest of the series and therefore I didn’t enjoy it quite as much. It may be silly, but there it is. That’s why I didn’t like the outfit as much.

    • Arthur Jarret

       I played the entire game with a pirate outfit… I didn’t like the white hood at all.

      Anyway, steampunk and modern day settings seem boring to me. The main draw of the series is to walk around & influence an important era in history.

      I would love to see the eras of the spanish inquisition, french revolution and worldwar 1… I’d also love a game taking place in China during the first China-Japan escalations.

  • Darkscarab

    the other thing i love other than assassins is pirates! sweet ;3 most likely got this from the sailing from assassins creed 3.

  • mabhlink

    looks promissing, but…. wasn’t it gonna be the “end of desmond’s ancestors”??

    • EvanescentHero

      I think it was just the end of Desmond. Maybe they’ll finagle a new descendant out of some plot contrivance.

  • Nintendofreak

    i wonder if captain sparrow is gonna be in d game lmfao

    • SoulSilverZero

      Or the Lazytown pirate?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VXZFE27PTNDUAGWKIWYNAKZMAA yahoo-VXZFE27PTNDUAGWKIWYNAKZMAA

    im sure it will be great as AC III   .. im  in

  • Matt Lambourne

    I’ve only played AC1 and I thought it was terrible, so I’ll skip it.

    • EvanescentHero

      AC I wasn’t very good, but II and Revelations, I thought, were awesome. Some people liked Brotherhood, though I personally didn’t. Either way, II was definitely worth playing.

      • Matt Lambourne

        Well on your recommendation I’ve just bought AC2 on Steam.  Hope it’s good :P

        • EvanescentHero

           Here’s hoping you like it!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/YKQGYOBX73PR3DD3DCURO44HWA Sir Feeny

         Revelations was a horrible game. It was just a rushed, unplanned cash in.

        • EvanescentHero

           *shrugs* I thought it was good. I had lots of fun with it and I thought it wrapped up Ezio’s story well.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/X3ZKS57QHNI7BPNG2H3HSFCHJI Chiwawa

    im buying.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000272614291 Axel Lenz

    I’m kind of getting disillusioned with this series. 2 and Brotherhood were incredible games, but I just didn’t feel like 3 could match up to them. I’m also kind of annoyed that they just seem to be milking AC at this point since 3 was supposed to end it. 

    That being said, I’m probably just going to encourage them by getting this game anyway…

    • CChaplin

      How was 3 supposed to end it? It ended on a cliff-hanger…

  • Reed Carter

    I like Assassin’s Creed, and I like the Series, BUT it’s starting to turn into a history lesson o.0

  • Gamefreak361

    Gotta love these “if it’s released” crap in these articles. If 3 was then why not IV?

  • guest

    pirate’s and assassination = u get my money

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Bingham/100000260255063 Chris Bingham

    So its a sequel but yet its a prequel to the third Assassin’s Creed game… For fuck sake -_- 
    I fucking hate it when developers and Movie makers do that sort of thing -_- 

    Always makes the sequel a prequel but keeps the bloody number at the end making people thinks its a sequel but really it is a prequel. So really this game to me is Assassin’s Creed 3 and Assassin’s Creed 3 is now Assassin’s Creed 4 to me. 

    I don’t care, it just doesn’t make sense as to why they do that -_-

    • RoadyMike

      Must be a fad in game/movie making…

    • http://clanzs.wix.com/zodiacslayers Stenaven

      Have you seen Kingdom Hearts~?

    • val berger

      I think you’re wrong. Assassin’s Creed got a story beyond that historical chronology which  just continues with the 4th game. the 4th game could play in stoneage and it would still continue telling the story of what has happened in the 3rd part.

  • Ford Crews

    I was hoping for civil war.

  • Srpg2ishere

    Not interested.

  • Shadriczo

    LoL, my caribbean country is showing on this map. (Cayman Islands-{My home country} Located right underneath Cuba)

  • Tim van Broekhoven

    Maybe this is just a big dlc for ac 3…

  • Adam Baker

    It’s time for something new, something different. CoD and Assassins Creed annually is getting old.

  • val berger

    I have the strong feeling, that I’m the only one who got really problems getting into ACIII. I somehow find the controls to be really bad, the missiondesign totally uninspired and very narrow/ everything but open. For so many hours I’m really trying to have fun with the game, but the only thing that’s really nice about it is the amount of work that has been put into details, the story, the whole ambiance and so on. Those context sensitive controls are really annoying and just don’t work for me. Maybe I’m too spoiled from other Games like dishonored, farcry 3, skyrim and so on, where you not only are always aware of what you’re doing, but also got the freedom to change your plan in the middle of the action. But as I said, I feel like being the only one, having those sorts of problems with the franchise. I played through ACII and it somehow worked for me. I didn’t think that it was the great game, many ppl told me it would be, but I kinda enjoyed it so I bought ACIII with the same expectations. But now I’m geting frustrated and annoyed with every mission and that’s kinda sad, as I actually see that there’s much to like about that game and that there are so many people who don’t have those problems. 

    Still I can’t figure out how I am the only one, thinking that way. And I really hope, Watch Dogs will offer a completely different control scheme, that’s focused on intuitive and self-explaining controls. In Farcry 3 Ubisoft did an amazing job on creating a quite complex FPS/OpenWorld game with RPG elements, which is still so amazingly easy to understand and control, that it’s crazy fun. I know, it’s a different type of game, but actually it’s gamedynamics are far more open and complex than AC3. 
    Maybe I’m just not the target group for AC3, still I’d like to be able to enjoy that game, it surely got its strengths :/