Details of Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag have emerged at last.
What we know so far is that rather than playing as a character such as Desmond, you'll instead be playing as yourself, a member of Abstergo Entertainment whose job it is to research the memories of Edward Kenway, a British Privateer in the Navy and father of Haytham Kenway from Assassin's Creed III.
The game is set within a truly open world of land and sea, with transition between missions being seamless (i.e no loading screens). Ubisoft has also promised that Kenway will be able to jump onto his ship, sail off with his crew, board other vessels, plunder and then head back to land and cause the same style of havoc there too. It all sounds a bit 'Pirates of the' Caribbean' to us.
The setting for the fourth game is the18th century Caribbean, which means you'll be able to visit Jamaica, Cuba and the Bahamas as well as others placed along the South America coast. There will also be various ships to use, while you'll also need to find a crew to sail them All in there will be 50 navigable locations.
As for combat, it's said to combine the weaponry of the Assassin's Order with armaments of the era. Multiplayer will also be included, although further details on that are yet to be revealed.
"With the new hero and new setting we are creating the boldest and most unique Assassin's Creed game yet, while still respecting the pillars of the franchise that have made it such a fan favorite," said Yves Guillemot, chief executive officer at Ubisoft. "Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag is based on a true, harsh and exciting part of a legendary era and will thrill longtime fans and newcomers alike."
We look forward to hearing more details on this game in the near future.