Without a doubt the best idea behind Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is that players get to experience life as an adventurous pirate. Period. The better the game realizes that experience, the better it will be. Today's newly released trailer, with the "Pirate Gameplay Experience Video Naval Exploration" nonsense of a title, showcases how a day in the life of Edward Kenway might work out. A day in the life of a pirate.
We start with a bit of rummaging through a dead pirate's pockets, who we find covered in scavenger crabs on a sand bar a bit off of a small island. He has a treasure map! From there things get wild, it starts with acquiring blueprints from a treasure chest, turns into a ship battle for supplies and evolved into a full on battle for a fort. All in order to get to our next mission location in Havana. Ah, and water is oh-so-blue.
I was really hoping that digging up a treasure chest would always end in treasure, maybe even collectibles that could be on display in your captain's quarters. Blueprints are a ridiculously boring reward for an adventure that's I for one dreamed about endlessly as a child. Don't let progression drive the experience too much here, guys, make treasure rewarding every time. What am I even talking about, this is Assassin's Creed, right? Useless collectibles ahoy!
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag will be coming to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii U October 29, followed by PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC releases later this year.
Naval Exploration - YouTube