Assassin’s Creed IV Isn’t For Kids
Assassin’s Creed games have never exactly been for kids and there’s a number of reasons for that such as the whole focus on stabbing people (repeatedly) or stealing or punching the pope or the age restrictions stuck onto the games. There’s no shortage of reasons really but Ubisoft is giving us yet another.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag will be grittier, more real and more mature than watching the Dark Knight trilogy while chain-smoking in a dingy apartment with the lights off.
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Speaking with MCV, Ubisoft’s lead content manager Carsten Myhill set out his team’s stall for Assassin’s Creed 4, “We have a fantastic opportunity for pirates in video games. Certainly when Assassin’s Creed III naval came out, there was a clamour from the fans for a pirate game. There’s no doubt that the people want it.
“But it’s not easy. It takes a very talented team, a lot of experience and great tech. It’s one thing having good naval combat, but combining that with good boarding and land-based gameplay in a seamless way, is hard to do.
“We’re staying away from cliches. Things like walking the plank, parrots on the shoulder and hooks for hands. We are giving pirates the HBO, reality treatment. And that allows us to redefine piracy in entertainment. No longer is it for kids.”
The aim then is for the high-reaching big-budget drama that we see on HBO. game of Thrones is the first that comes to mind. Thus far, protagonist Edward Kenway seems a violent and edgy man while his actions are even more mysterious and menacing than previous characters. At one during the reveal trailer, he stabs a man and then takes his woman. There’s something darker and more sinister about Edward that might just make for an interesting narrative.