Assassin's Creed has always enjoyed mixing recognizable historical figures into its storylines, and that practice is a lot more fun when those historical figures are salty swashbucklers.
The Assassin's Creed series is pretty fun on its own, but history buffs usually get some extra enjoyment from the games. Granted, Ubisoft doesn't always provide the most accurate representations of historical events, but things usually aren't far off. This looks to be the case again in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, where you'll be rubbing elbows with infamous pirates like Blackbeard.
If you're familiar with the dawn of the 18th century, sometimes called the "Golden Age of Piracy," you'll recognize some of the brigands Edward Kenway encounters. Edward Teach (a.k.a. Blackbeard) seems to play a major role in Edward's story, as does Benjamin Hornigold - a polite pirate who once captured a ship just to steal its crew's hats, as his own crew had gotten drunk and thrown their own hats overboard the night before. Place your bets now for whether that scene will show up in the game - I'm thinking it's too good to pass up.
Also appearing in the trailer are two notable sailors likely to be antagonists - Charles Vane, a notoriously cruel pirate who disregarded the pirate code, and Woodes Rogers, a privateer famous for suppressing the pirates of the Caribbean. How Edward Kenway interacts with these larger-than-life characters remains to be seen, but don't be surprised if it involves stabbing.
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag embarks for current gen consoles on October 29.
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