Ubisoft Officially Announces Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

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Ubisoft Officially Announces Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

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More information about the next Assassin's Creed is coming on Monday, March 4.

The rumored Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is real: Ubisoft has confirmed the next installment in the series, though no further information will be revealed until Monday, March 4 at 9:00 am PT.

In addition to the title, Ubisoft released a bit of artwork, which teases the assassin, a new logo, and a ship.

We've gotten a look at the game, and we'll have more information, as well as first impressions, ready to go on Monday. Until then, feel free to speculate about Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag in the comments.

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I think this is the last chance Ubisoft have of getting me to stick with this series.

I couldn't even get a third of the way through AC3, it was just boring in every way.

Pirates?

Erm.. Ok.

The naval stuff was boring as fuck in AC3, so if they're making a game around and in all likelihood keeping Connor...
yeah never getting this game.

My brother will probably get this for the WiiU. I'm not really a fan of the series, but let's see if Pirates will spark interest in the game.

Also, before anyone can Ninja me:

Soooo it's IS going to be Pirate's Creed, eh?

I can't help but feel that this will NOT be a return the high-tower climbing of AC 1-Brotherhood. I just wonder if this is going to actually be about the Assassins again and not about a stubborn man-child who simply uses the assassin tools and training for his own purposes. Seriously, you didn't play as an assassin in III, you played as a native American in a white hood. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it's clear that Connor put his own goals and priorities for his people ahead of the needs and goals of the Assassins. Wonder if this'll be the same, just you're a pirate now...

Anyways, ACIII might have been my last AC game. We'll see.

Wait didn't we already have an AC game like less than a year ago?
Why is this info coming out so soon shouldn't they wait a little bit more?

I was hopeing that the next one would use the ships from AC3 because that was the bast part. And that says something about where the series has gone if the stand out bit was optional quest, nothing to do with assassinating people.

Noone liked the sailing in Ass-Creed 3?

LET'S MAKE A GAME ABOUT IT! THEY'LL LOVE IT THIS TIME! It's not like they want to, you know, assassinate people in our assassin game.

No. Cannons.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-e89qZRtKM

you know what would be fun?
if you would play as a man sitting on the animus experiencing the victorian era as a female assassin.
it would be hillariously awkward.

hazabaza1:
The naval stuff was boring as fuck in AC3, so if they're making a game around and in all likelihood keeping Connor...
yeah never getting this game.

Obviously you like what you like, but I think the naval parts were quite widely enjoyed, so that's why they decided upon including it more. I heard praise about the naval sections from pretty much everywhere.

Personally while I thought they were surprisingly good, I can't see how they can make an Assassin's Creed focused on that kind of thing. I am getting kind of tired about how the game is steering further and further away from actual assassins.

So I probably won't be getting it either.

I did enjoy the naval parts in Assassin's Creed III but I'm not sure I want a whole game based around it O_O

Well at least the mandatory chase sequences will make sense in ships.

I personally really enjoyed the naval warfare sections of AC3, it will be interesting to see if they continue with Connor or are already dumping him for someone else.

The picture doesn't look like Connor so maybe something in a nearby timeline or related to Connor in some other way. Always been a fan of the AC games so I always look forward to more installments.

rhizhim:
you know what would be fun?
if you would play as a man sitting on the animus experiencing the victorian era as a female assassin.
it would be hillariously awkward.

Oh come on! I have to deal with that kind of shit in real life, and I play video games to escape that bullshit! In all seriousness though, yeah, that's pretty much forced gender dysphoria. If written well, that would actually be an interesting and informative look into one of the key factors of transsexualism. Not a bad idea, just one that's difficult to execute correctly.

Fudj:
I personally really enjoyed the naval warfare sections of AC3, it will be interesting to see if they continue with Connor or are already dumping him for someone else.

The picture doesn't look like Connor so maybe something in a nearby timeline or related to Connor in some other way. Always been a fan of the AC games so I always look forward to more installments.

my thoughts too. im a fan of the series as well and this looks like an interesting installment. i do expect some lag of story or characters but as long its fun to play, i might get it.

Seeing as the naval sections were the only good thing in AC3, I think I'd be okay with a game build around that mechanic. As long as they focus the gameplay and don't drown it with meaningless stuff.

However, this game better be really fucking good, because my willingness to stay with this series is hanging by a thread.

an annoyed writer:

rhizhim:
you know what would be fun?
if you would play as a man sitting on the animus experiencing the victorian era as a female assassin.
it would be hillariously awkward.

Oh come on! I have to deal with that kind of shit in real life, and I play video games to escape that bullshit! In all seriousness though, yeah, that's pretty much forced gender dysphoria. If written well, that would actually be an interesting and informative look into one of the key factors of transsexualism. Not a bad idea, just one that's difficult to execute correctly.

i just thought that traveling around your dna's past doesnt have to necessarily make you experience the past as the gender you currently have as an avatar.

and females + victorian area = weird shit, therefore amusement(?).

didnt want to offend you. i just thought it would be fun to see you parcour in a bustle and complain about it...
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btw almost every female in the assassins creed main series is there to be boned or "conquered" in any other way..

Given the way this series is going. is there any point in keeping the title "Assassin"? I mean, you hardly assassinated anyone in AC3.

AC - You are an Assassin. It is your job, your creed, your whole way of life.
AC2 - You are born in to a family of Assassins and use your training to seek vengeance, and make things a bit better for everyone.
AC3 - You are a stubborn man-child that joined up just so he could try to stop the world from progressing. Haytham was a way more interesting character than Connor.

Does make me wonder what this one will be. Pirate met an Assassin once? Brushed past him/her and took their coat?

rhizhim:

an annoyed writer:

rhizhim:
you know what would be fun?
if you would play as a man sitting on the animus experiencing the victorian era as a female assassin.
it would be hillariously awkward.

Oh come on! I have to deal with that kind of shit in real life, and I play video games to escape that bullshit! In all seriousness though, yeah, that's pretty much forced gender dysphoria. If written well, that would actually be an interesting and informative look into one of the key factors of transsexualism. Not a bad idea, just one that's difficult to execute correctly.

i just thought that traveling around your dna's past doesnt have to necessarily make you experience the past as the gender you currently have as an avatar

Would that work? I know there hasn't been an official word on the subject and its all sci fi but wouldn't the gender difference affect synchronisation? I imagine that it would be harder to sync your mind with someone else's body if they were a different gender because of the obvious different in body shape and because of differences in body chemistry.

One of the few games that I haven't been able to keep up with the pace of new releases. I'm interested in the concept and they teased with naval warfare in the last installment so well see how much it is like AC or pirates of the Caribbean lol. I'm optimistic though

I think that this image more or less sums up my feelings about this announcement.

They took the only two things that got more or less universally positive feedback in ACIII - Haytham Kenway Sassy Brit Extraordinaire and the naval battles - and made an entire game about them.

But hey, if they actually let us assassinate people in this game I'll be satisfied. Just one person will do, please, for the love of God, let me assassinate someone in this Assassin's Creed game.

And when I say "assassinate" I don't mean "cutscene with QTE where you press X to watch the character do the assassinating for you". I mean an honest-to-god sneaky running stabby assassination. Is that too much to ask?

"Everything is BETTER, with pirates."

...that is all I could think of.

Vault Citizen:

rhizhim:

an annoyed writer:

Oh come on! I have to deal with that kind of shit in real life, and I play video games to escape that bullshit! In all seriousness though, yeah, that's pretty much forced gender dysphoria. If written well, that would actually be an interesting and informative look into one of the key factors of transsexualism. Not a bad idea, just one that's difficult to execute correctly.

i just thought that traveling around your dna's past doesnt have to necessarily make you experience the past as the gender you currently have as an avatar

Would that work? I know there hasn't been an official word on the subject and its all sci fi but wouldn't the gender difference affect synchronisation? I imagine that it would be harder to sync your mind with someone else's body if they were a different gender because of the obvious different in body shape and because of differences in body chemistry.

i dont think so.

to make one assassin you need 2 people and the baby assassin still has half the dna of mommy assassin.

and considering that all embryos basically start as female...

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A few weeks after fertilization, the initial appearance of the human fetal genitalia is basically feminine: a pair of "urogenital folds" with a small protuberance in the middle, and the urethra behind the protuberance.
In typical fetal development, the presence of the SRY gene causes the fetal gonads to become testes; the absence of it allows the gonads to continue to develop into ovaries. Thereafter, the development of the internal reproductive organs and the external genitalia is determined by hormones produced by fetal gonads (ovaries or testes) and the cells' response to them.
If the fetus has testes, and if the testes produce testosterone, and if the cells of the genitals respond to the testosterone, the outer urogenital folds swell and fuse in the midline to produce the scrotum; the protuberance grows larger and straighter to form the penis; the inner urogenital swellings swell, wrap around the penis, and fuse in the midline to form the penile urethra.
If testosterone is not present, normal female development continues, with the development of a perineal urethra and the formation of a uterus, clitoris and vagina.
The Müllerian ducts, which are paired ducts of the embryo which empty into the cloaca, and which develop into the upper vagina, cervix, uterus and oviducts; in the male they disappear except for the vestigial vagina masculina and the appendix testis.
Although female development is usually considered the "default" configuration in the absence of induction, recent evidence has indicated that Wnt4 plays a role in the development of female anatomy.[1]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fetal_genital_development

again i am not sure but i think it doesnt affect synching much.

I was stoked for AC3 and I found it pretty enjoyable albeit a bit repetitive (and both Connors and Desmonds endings sucked). For some reason this announcement mostly leaves me uncaring. I've played 5 AC games by this point, perhaps it is simply time for me to move on from the series?

I shall be cautiously optimistic about Ubi's reboot of Sid Meier's Pirates!

I really liked Connor and didn't think he was man child. He struck me as an Idealist weary of the contradictions that surround the cause which he supports. Call me a neck-beard with a throbbing history stiffy but, Connor is a Native American who is supporting the revolution even though both sides are being run by the white land owning males. Also keep in mind how Connor is the first protagonist in AC series to be born at the bottom of social structure he lives in.

ugh... I was so syched back when the first AC was announced. Imagine that, a game about assassins. The fact they even briefly touched on religious and philosophical questions was even more invaluable for me at the time. Then along came AC2, which reinvented the gameplay and added a charismatic new character. Revelations started to feel like a bit of a drag after Brotherhood, but hey, it still had Ezio. AC3 was a huge disappointment, and I doubt this one will be any better.

Ubisoft, I'm disappoint.

EDIT: Also, make a proper fucking female lead for once, jeez...

Okay When some said AC4 would be Assassin's creed but with pirates and that could be a fun Pirate game i thought they were joking...

more naval combat \o/

Free roaming open sea ship combat with Parkour on and in ships?

Look it doesn't look weird to have a hooded sailor walking on a deck of a ship! he totally blends in!
/sarcasm

Pirate ninja assassins?
I can dig this.[1]

[1] Though he is required to wear a Barbossa-style hat.

How many seasons did it take before Power Rangers made it to Pirates?

AHA! So THIS is why AC3 sucked in the story department so hard....sequel bait...

Should have just created a proper end for the series and moved on to new characters all together...

As always, I'll wait until the game is out and see what the perception is before making my decision on whether or not to give it a try. Assassin's Creed 3 was a huge disappointment to me overall. However, the ship missions were easily the best part of the game, and some of the most fun I had on my Xbox in all of 2012. I said at the time that if Ubisoft wanted to make a whole game focused just around that specific template, I'd lap it up.

What I meant by that statement though, was that it should be a new fucking IP! Seriously, if you don't want to continue making games based around the core experience of the original Assassin's Creed (which clearly you don't) then stop making Assassin's Creed games. We want big new IP, we crave it even, and I don't think the AAA market has ever seen a good game based entirely around pirates that I can recall, certainly not in decades. Ubisoft is one of the few publishers with the expertise and resources to really make this work on a AAA level; so please Ubi, stop trying to tie in these fresh new ideas into an old IP that they have nothing to do with, because all that happens is the impact of both the new ideas, and the core experience of the old IP, gets diluted.

Hell yeah! Pirates! F-ing. Sweet! I was afraid that the next logical step in the series would be Nazi Germany, followed by modern day warfare bollocks, completely shifting the gameplay to extensive gun use. (thank f*ck it's not that). Can't wait to here more.

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