Assassin’s Creed IV’s Protagonist Is Quite Different From Connor
There were many criticisms leveled against Assassin’s Creed III by the percentage of gamers who simply did not enjoy the game. We found it disjointed, gameplay was far too easy, there was no reason to get invested in many of the side activites, the story was flat with a terrible ending and the protagonist was an unlikable stuck record.
Connor was no fun as a character in AC III, whenever a chance opened up for some interesting dialogue or themes or grumbled something about his tribe and his homeland or delivered a hatchet to the face and that was that. Fortunately, Assassin’s Creed IV’s Edward Kenway – Connor’s grandfather – will practically serve as a “counterpoint” to that.
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“Edward is almost a counterpoint to Connor in some ways,” lead writer Darby McDevitt told theUbisoft Blog.
“Connor begins very idealistic and the experience he has through Assassin’s Creed 3 starts to make him really jaded. He’s doing all these things he believes are right and they don’t pay off in all the right ways.”
Kenway, on the other hand, joins the Assassins because he believes the tools taught to him will provide the best means by which to get rich.
“I started with a guy who was already jaded. He was cynical. He’s out for himself. He has this marriage that’s really rocky. He’s estranged from his wife. He wants to try to prove he’s a man worthy of her affection, so he goes to the West Indies to become a privateer, and that falls apart really fast and he falls into piracy,” McDevitt explained.
What could be interesting is that Edward isn’t firmly planted on the side of the assassins like previous protagonists. He’s only in it for the money and is in fact swayed by the Templars for a time.
“He kind of bounces between the Assassins and Templars for a time, trying to find something that makes his life more meaningful,” McDevitt said.
“At first he has all these selfish goals but his experiences focus him on what is and isn’t important in life.”
With any luck this more selfish, roguish and opportunistic protagonist will pave the way for a more intriguing and unique story. A nice character development arc wouldn’t be a bad idea either.