Ubisoft have revealed details of the next game in the Assassin’s Creed series, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.
The latest addition to the series, which will launch on current and next-gen consoles later this year, sees you take control of another of Desmond’s ancestors: Edward Kenway, a pirate of the Caribbean in the early 18th century and grandfather to Connor (Ratonhnhaké:ton) Kenway, the protagonist of Assassin’s Creed III.
However, for the first time in the series the story will not focus around Desmond. Instead, during the modern-day sections, you will play as yourself, a research analyst for Abstergo who relives Edward’s memories via the animus using Desmond’s DNA.
In another first for the series, Ubisoft claim the Assassin’s Creed IV will be completely open world from the start. However, while the Animus will no longer prevent you from accessing particular parts of the game, specific areas will be guarded by tougher enemies. The player will be able to explore the entire ocean via Edward’s ship, Jackdaw, and even enter the watery depths to search for treasure and fight sharks and whales.
The game will be centered around three major cities of the Caribbean: Havana, Nassau and Kingston. And will feature famous pirates of the time, including: Benjamin Hornigold, Calico Jack, Anne Bonny, Charles Vane and Blackbeard.
Little has been said of multiplayer so far, but you can be sure to see it make a return in IV.
Assassin’s Creed IV is currently set for a November 1 release on Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii U. A date for a PC and next-gen version’s has not been confirmed, but Ubisoft have said that Edward Kenway will indeed be arriving on PS4, so it can be assumed that a next-gen Xbox version is on its way too.
Check out the launch trailer here.