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Assassin's Creed IV: "More Open And Free Than Ever Before"

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag will launch this fall for both current and next-gen systems, and it should be quite the rousing adventure.

The game's lead scriptwriter Darby McDevitt talked to Polygon about the story and environment we can expect in the latest AC entry.

As many have seen, there are some sexually explicit themes going on, and that's because, as McDevitt says, protagonist Edward Kenway is a "raucous and bawdy chap." He's married but that doesn't mean other women aren't involved. He's out to prove himself a "man of quality" and if other ladies like the infamous Anne Bonny cross his path, well, so be it. He uses his influence over the fairer sex by getting women to seduce and distract targets during gameplay; presumably, this will be similar to the Courtesans in past entries.

We see an example of that in the reveal trailer:

"While this scene in the reveal trailer was clearly designed hint at the pirate lifestyle, there is a gameplay element here, to show that you can use certain NPC characters to more effectively achieve your goals. You might have noticed that the woman in the foreground seduced his target at the end of the trailer (eagle-eyed fans have already pointed out that they are the same woman)."

As for the environment, we'll still have pre-scripted missions so you can't change those. However, McDevitt says the gameplay has been designed to be "more open and free than ever before," hinting that there may be some decision-making involved. As for the Templar angle, which is a staple of the franchise's ongoing plot, McDevitt didn't say much. We just know the Templars will be comprised of a "diverse cast of characters from three different empires." Secrecy is expected.

As usual, any Assassin's Creed has the potential to be a masterpiece. We still think Ubisoft could've taken a year off, though.

Tags: assassins creed iv black flag, aciv black flag, assassins creed 4, ubisoft

5/4/2013 11:09:56 AM Ben Dutka

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Saturday, May 04, 2013 @ 12:29:26 PM

I'll play it. I'm much more eager though for the one following this one. The one built with only next-gen in mind. That should be VERY awesome.

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Saturday, May 04, 2013 @ 12:37:03 PM

I am a fan of the the original AC and the AC2 trology, but this and AC3 are a miss for me. And I think they should just drop the number on the title all together now.

Hopefully once they have done their pirate and "Art of War at Sea" series they will move on to either more exotic places in the world or bring it forward to more interesting times such as the Industrial Revolution period or Victorian era, whether ever it ends up in the world.

Agreed thought that a new series would be better left for next gen.

Keep Playing!

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Saturday, May 04, 2013 @ 12:48:11 PM

I just hope that it won't be too open like AC3 was. There was so much to do in 3 other than the main story that you would get burnt out very quickly in one session while barely progressing the story. I hope Ubi "strips the fat" for 4.

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Saturday, May 04, 2013 @ 4:13:43 PM

It's crazy that Snow from FFXIII is the hero.

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Sunday, May 05, 2013 @ 12:06:06 AM

Frankly I'm not excited. Maybe that can change in the future, but I am not anticipating this title too much.

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Sunday, May 05, 2013 @ 4:17:21 AM

I'm skipping this one. I've still barely started on AC3, it's just sitting there.

Sorry Ubisoft, you lost me on this one. What once were a franchise with an exclusive flavour is now more and more turning into a Disney series. You should have kept it on a three year release cycle with focus on the exotic and genuine.

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Sunday, May 05, 2013 @ 8:06:38 AM

sorry ubisoft, but you killed all my love for the franchise with that crap you call AC3!
such a anticlimactic unfinished story it made mass effect 3 look like bioshock infinite!
and the gameplay, well, the less said there the better!
shame, the original showed so much promise and potential, and it just grew and improved from there!
could of been so great.........

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