Ubisoft has dropped a new trailer for Assassin's Creed IV which offers about 13 minutes of actual gameplay footage from the upcoming, open-world adventure.
Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag is slated to debut on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii U on October 29. That's only a few months off, so as you'd expect Ubisoft is ramping up its advertising campaign. Thus, we present the video at top-right, a 13-minute, 50-second examination of the core gameplay found in the upcoming title.
For the most part, it looks exactly as you'd expect. If you transplanted the characters, themes and activities of Assassin's Creed III to the Caribbean, you wouldn't be too far off from what we see in this footage. As with its predecessor, the most exciting element of the game appears to be its naval combat, and I'm happy to report that it looks even more intense and "realistic" than it did in Assassin's Creed III.
Unfortunately, as this is an Ubisoft-issued trailer, it does little to answer questions of how buggy Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag might be during actual, real-world gameplay. Even those who adored the prior Assassin's Creed game can't deny that it was mechanically flawed in a lot of weird ways, and since this new game is built on much of the same technology it wouldn't be shocking to find that it exhibits the same bugs. We've got our fingers crossed that Ubisoft has paid special attention to the game's polish this time around, but then again that's never been the case for any of the half-dozen Assassin's Creed games. With Black Flag following its predecessor by only a year, we fear that this rushed schedule might actually make things worse.
Hopefully our fears subside come October 29.
UPDATE: Ubisoft reached out to us to say that AC4 has not been "rushed" to development in a year. They clarified that it has actually been in development since 2011 with a very large team.