Assassin's Creed IV - Black Flag - 4

We were invited to go behind closed doors for a special presentation from Ubisoft’s Darby McDevitt, the Lead Writer for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, during the first day of PAX East.

Over the course of his presentation, which amounted to covering a few Powerpoint slides and showing brief stints of gameplay, McDevitt kept reiterating the same point: Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag will be as open and seamless as possible.

The action will take place in the Nassau region of the Caribbean, and players will fill the boots of Edward Kenway, a pirate trained by Assassins and the father of Haytham Kenway from Assassin’s Creed III. You’ll encounter several historical pirates and relive actual events that went down in this part of the world during “the Golden Age of Pirates.”

But, again, McDevitt was insistent upon stressing how seamless things will be. His example? You could spot a gentleman in a city bragging about how much money he has back at home on his plantation. You can tail him to the port of that city, follow him from a distance in your ship and make your way onto his plantation. You can kill him and steal his stuff, and all of that goes down without a single loading screen.

If Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is truly that seamless, this game could be incredible. We’ll have more as it comes.