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Ubisoft shares their inspiration behind ACIV’s backdrop

Each Assassin’s Creed game presents a unique backdrop for its story, granting the potential for new and exciting dynamics. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag boasts perhaps the most radical setting yet. But where did the idea originate?

black flag 2 In an interview with Examiner, ACIV’s director Ashraf Ismail sought to answer this question.

Testing the early naval gameplay of ACIII, Ismail noticed two things. “One, it looked spectacular and we had never seen anything like that before in a video game. Two, it was getting really highly rated among people that were play testing.”

Ultimately, they “needed something spectacular for next-gen.”

People who were trying it were having a lot of fun, and of course AC III was pushing navigation in the trees. So we just felt that all of that coming together was what we needed for a new world.

We also had the character of Edward in mind, so he was always in the brand. We felt with the timing of everything with Edward being the grandfather to Connor, who happens to be in the pirate age, and just the idea of having this world that is really beautiful, we felt like we had the complete components.

We were literally sitting in a meeting and we said ‘we’re doing a pirate game,’ and everyone’s reaction was, thumbs up.

It’s hard to overstate the beauty of Black Flag’s setting and art style. Amidst all of that, however, I do wonder if they’ve maintained a balance between new gameplay dynamics and more traditional Assassin’s Creed combat.

What are your thoughts on ACIV’s pirate theme? Enthused? Sceptical? Let us know in the comments!

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  • Jon

    I’m actually excited for the pirate theme, I love pirate games and there is not enough good ones that are action packed :)

    • http://about.me/overlordror Ashley King

      That’s exactly how I feel. In the late 90s early 2000s, there was a PC game series called Sea Dogs that was really good, but Disney bought out the developer and made them call them Pirates of the Caribbean games, and then they started sucking.

      • YogiGRB

        whahaha yeah i remember when that happened, the movie’s were good though

  • Shota

    One Piece. thats the only reason i love pirates.

    • Michael Jurado

      king of the pirates

  • Nintenjoe82

    Now please confirm that Desmond is dead and/or completely omitted from this game and you might get my money!

    • http://about.me/overlordror Ashley King

      Yeah I never cared for the whole Desmond storyline. One thing I liked about Revelations was that you never left the Animus, so no Desmond except through weird cutscenes.

      • MujuraNoKamen

        Yeah, I never thought much of the present day/Animus stuff either – I don’t think many people do. I’d rather they had not bothered and just had the Assassins and Templars fighting through different periods of history, screw the sci-fi, modern shiet :)

      • Rinslowe

        Revelations was one of my favourites, And I always tried to speed past the “current day” segments and get back to the “real” game…

    • YogiGRB

      Why? when introduced in part one, i couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen to him

      edit: the whole story started with him and the animus

    • therealmackay

      In an interview with Darby McDevitt (lead writer) he/she (?) said that gamers won’t be playing as Desmond Miles this time round & that the modern day part only accounts for approx. 45mins of gameplay in total overall.
      As for the game itself, I’m definitely looking forward to playing pirate and causing mayhem around the Caribbean – I know it sort of defeats the point of the game, but am I the only one who would rather be playing as Blackbeard in the game instead of Edward Kenway though?

  • https://twitter.com/Onyzora Ony

    Next step: CHINA.
    Would be sooooo awesome !

    • SuperSmashLinkMo

      Not a bad idea. Maybe its possble

    • Merrfn

      Actually think it could be. If it was in Japan it could be called Ninjas Creed!

    • SleepySkullhead

      That looks awesome!

    • Rinslowe

      Duude!

  • Sydney Ultrasyd

    Nov. 21, that’s looong ! I love the mechanic of this game. Not asking for an episode of AC in a Heroic Fantasy world, it would have no-sense, but that would work pretty well ! But pirates is much more original and exciting. I wonder if the towns will be big / rich though.

  • Daniel Gonzalez

    Good move, Ubisoft. We all love pirates.

    • NintendoNoob

      You ARRRRRR right!

      • Merrfn

        Wow. Just wow.

  • Michael Jurado

    clearly one piece played a role their movie only made a crap ton of $$$$

  • Josiah Parsons

    The naval battles look epic, but Assassin’s Creed is waaaaay too violent and gory for me. Can’t wait for MarioKart!

    • Noel

      Hahaha, You’re a baby :p

    • Noel

      LOLOLOLOLOL.. BABY!

  • Linskarmo

    I am actually both enthused and skeptical. The setting has a whole lot of promise, as works such as the Pirates of the Caribbean have a lot of character, but everything can be a letdown for some people.