Ubisoft will not stop teasing us with Assassin’s Creed goodies! This week we have a few more screenshots and a gameplay trailer to share. I have to say the more I see of this game the more excited I am getting. As some of the more constant readers may know, Assassin’s Creed has been one of my favourite gaming serials for a long time and the news of a new addition to the series built around all my favourite parts of it’s predecessors has got me positively tingling. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is shaping up be an exciting part of the AC franchise. (No that’s Assassin’s Creed, not Air Conditioning. That hadn’t been invented then.)
Those of you that have played Assassin’s Creed III will remember just how fun the ship sections were, how delightfully realistic they were while still remaining fun. There was something truly magical about seeing the rolling waves crash up the sides of your ship as your crew bellowed at each other. Black Flag promises more of that. It’s refreshing to see a game studio embrace what the audience love and give them more of it.
Ubisoft promises blossoming cities and more hunting, this time in the West Indies untamed jungles. Diving to underwater shipwrecks (I bet the underwater graphics look beautiful) and exploring hidden ruins and coves. Since i’ve mentioned water physics, I may as well go into more detail. In the below trailer they look amazing. One of the few things that will always sell a game to me on graphics is water. If it looks good, i’ll stop whatever i’m doing to watch it. Usually for an extended period of time. And as a water fanatic this game intrigues me immensely. Beyond the obvious glistening seas and crashing waves, we can see babbling brooks and streams weaved throughout the forest scenes.
I cannot wait for a trailer where we can explore the diving aspect of the game. We can also see some of the game’s combat in this trailer and they’ve answered one of my unspoken requests. ‘Why can’t I have more guns?’ Why yes, yes I can, appears to be the answer as we see our hero use his brace of pistols to kill four British soldiers seamlessly. It seems like this game might be another bad time for the British empire.
Without the UI the gameplay video makes it hard for us to judge where the gameplay stops and the game takes over, but if what we’re seeing is to be believed, the game looks even more seamless and flow than the game’s predecessors. Which will be hard act to follow.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag will be released on PC, Xbox360, PS3 and Wii U consoles on November 1st, 2013 in Europe with next-gen consoles to follow in Q4. Keep your eyes peeled for more Assassin’s Creed news, I hope you’re as excited as I am. Do the trailers have everything you want from the new game? What do you expect to see in the next Assassin’s Creed? Tell us in the comments!