Escapist News Now: Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag E3 2013

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag E3 2013

Escapist News Now interview with Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag. Arrrrr.

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Have they said somewhere whether there will be an overarching modern-day ( la Desmond) story or not?

My main interest at this point is to see the new locations and experience the new naval mechanics. The rest seems much of the same..

When this was announced immediately on the heels of AC3, I was of the mindset that this would be something awful. Until E3, I hadn't even given it much of a thought.

But then I realized what I was thinking. A new Assassin's Creed game, with a pirate theme, with dual-wielding swords and pistols?

Like I was even kidding myself for a moment that I wouldn't buy it. Ha! Yeah right. The series may have meandered away from it's peak two games ago, but that doesn't mean I don't still love it. Its compendium of ancillary minigames and it's largely no-longer-interesting plot might be the boring tedious slogs that they've since become, but all the free running, climbing, and stabbing in a beautiful world that I can crawl all over and jump off at my heart's content is still there.

And now I get to be a pirate? Well, that's not even a choice, really. Not anymore.

Won't lie, the naval combat looks pretty BA, I can't wait to try it, that is after I finish Brotherhood, Revelations, and 3 of course.

I'll admit, I wasn't all that interested in ACIII, but now I need to go play it, just so I'll be ready for Assassin Pirates.

Because Pirates.

I'm glad he said the naval missions would be harder. The Naval Missions in AC3 were a bit of a face-roll.
But that didn't stop them from being pure, unadulterated fun.

Man do I want this game!

Krinkle Ymouse:
I'm glad he said the naval missions would be harder. The Naval Missions in AC3 were a bit of a face-roll.
But that didn't stop them from being pure, unadulterated fun.

Man do I want this game!

Getting 100% in some of the naval missions was a bit difficult because you had to kill ships with a swivel-gun finisher, when you were fighting 4 of them AND escorting another ship. The problem was you would often over-kill a ship trying to expose their weak spot for a swivel-gun finisher so you'd have to start all over again.

I am so relieved he emphasized the open gameplay and hinted that there would be different tactics available in the missions, because some early clues hinted that the game and missions would be even more linear, and the railroading in missions in AC3 really made that game more boring. (Hopefully they've done something about the damned chases as well...) My favourite part of any AC game is to plan an Assassination using the variety of options provided, and AC3 had way too little of that. Then again, I quite liked the navel parts, so that should be fun. Also I'm extremely happy that they've brought in people from the Far Cry team to work on the upgrade-system; I'm hopeful that upgrading will be less bloody tedious now (I liked Far Cry 3's, got bored by AC3's).
All in all, it seems that the focus of Assassin's Creed has still somewhat drifted away from the assassination (at least pirates had a strong creed...), but the game does look fun, more so than AC3 did and turned out to be.
(For the sake of full disclosure; I bought AC3 on release day, even with the scepticism I harboured. So I guess that makes me a fanboy...)

New protagonist as opposed to douche ass Conner, pirates, new earlier timeframe in a setting I actually like and of course PIRATES!

Yeah, I'll be getting this.

this sounds actually really good. more stealth and choices, which is always good. missed that since part 2.

Abomination:
Getting 100% in some of the naval missions was a bit difficult because you had to kill ships with a swivel-gun finisher, when you were fighting 4 of them AND escorting another ship. The problem was you would often over-kill a ship trying to expose their weak spot for a swivel-gun finisher so you'd have to start all over again.

I agree, getting 100% was a little challenging come to think of it. Just the general missions were really easy.

First time I did the mission with the 3 man-o-wars, I dispatched them so quickly that I didn't even see that you were supposed to expose the weak-spots. Did it again without complaint.

 

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