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PAX East 2013: Assassin’s Creed Black Flag Impressions

by on 03/24/2013

During PAX East we saw a presentation on the new Assassin’s Creed. I felt that the last Creed was a step in the wrong direction and didn’t have the “epicness” of Ezio’s storyline. Not to mention everyone appears to have hated Connor as much as I did, luckily they took the best aspect of the last game and focused around it. Here are the takeaways from the new stuff we saw:

  • You can hunt exotic wildlife – Yes, you could do this in the last game but I believe they added water beasts, like the magical whale that burst through the water next to our ship. Maybe we can get a Kraken.
  • You can adventure underwater – With a mechanism attached to the ship (or just the anchor?) you can dive deep underwater and fight against time and sea creatures like sharks to find buried treasure.
  • Upgrade your ship and crew – Your ship is your baby in this game, you can upgrade cannons and crew members, plus you can lose crew members so you have to be weary of that as well.
  • You can carry four pistols and dual-wield swords – You brutally execute enemies chaining sword attacks, but since pistols were mostly single-fire back in this time period you can sling them over your body and start pulling them out and firing at will.
  • Explore Islands/Ruins in Open Sea Exploration – You can navigate your ship through the open sea and find new ruins and islands to find treasure and truly explore. You will be finding all sorts of good stuff.
  • New Ways to Board – You can now board ships in more than one way, allowing you take over ships, and participate in melee at sea. I can only hope they take aspects from the Pirates RPG from Bethesda on the original Xbox, I used to steal crew or their entire ships, and supplies…then I would watch it just sink.

There is a lot of potential here, there are features they continue to dismiss, but this is a make or break game for the series in my opinion. I felt for a long time the series was underrated but after AC III, they need to prove to me this thing can stand on its feet without being too confusing or too boring.

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