Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag sees us exploring the Golden Age of Piracy in the early 18th century following the story of Edward Kenway, father to Haythem Kenway and grandfather to Connor Kenway.

I believe that Edward will have a similar character personality as to Desmond Miles’s Italian ancestor, Ezio Auditore. We see this from the very first trailer Ubisoft released for this up-coming game. In one scene we see Edward leaving two women naked on a bed and in another, we see him assassinating a nobleman and taking away his women.

Along with Edward Kenway, there have been five pirates who will make an appearance in Black Flag, Edward Thatch, better known as Blackbeard, Jack Rackham, Anne Bonny, Benjamin Hornigold and Charles Vane.

Within Black Flag they have maintained the combat that was included within Assassin’s Creed III, dual-wielding. We can see this happening a lot with Edward with him dual-wielding with swords and pistols. This is a great feature to have for the combat seeing as it makes killing the enemy much easier.

Naval combat has made a second appearance within the Assassin’s Creed franchise, originally being  included within Assassin’s Creed III. We can see that this will be a bigger feature within this game as Ubisoft has stated that about 40% of the game will take place on the water.

There are many features of Black Flag that are new to the Assassin’s Creed franchise, to start off with underwater exploration. This is just one of the fifty different locations that you can explore as Edward. These locations range from, Fisherman Villages, Plantations, Jungles, Forts, Islands, Mayan Ruins and Exotic Coconut Islands.

In the latest trailer that Ubisoft has released for Black Flag we see ten ships in the distance with Edward’s ship travelling towards them. We can’t exactly see whose ships they are but in the year 1715 we do know that ten Spanish ships were sank off the coast of Florida during a hurricane.

So you could say that these ten ships in the distance are Spanish. No-one knows exactly what happened to these ships, so Ubisoft have twisted this historical event and said that instead of a hurricane, a ship that served under the black flag sank them.

Assassin’s Creed IV comes sailing into stores later this year so we will have to wait till then to see if this game is any good.

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