Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag release date, news, rumours

Assassin's Creed 4 release date, news, rumours and screenshots

All the latest news, rumours and screenshots for Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed 4

If the rather fantastic Assassin's Creed III proved one thing, it was that Ubisoft's plans to release a new game in the series every year aren't going to e cause a downturn in quality. Just a year on from Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Ubisoft's army of developers managed to create not only a game that was larger in size and scope than its predecessors, but managed to transport the series' action from Renaissance Europe to a brand new setting - Colonial North America.

However, the events that transpired in Assassin's Creed III hint that players may have seen the last of both the American Frontier and the game's new hooded hero, half Native American, half Brit, Connor Kenway. The final shots of Assassin's Creed III displayed the series' main protagonist, Desmond Miles, lying dead on the floor of some temple ruins, his life seemingly sacrificed to save earth from a catclysmic event known as The Second Disaster. As the credits rolled, Assassin's Creed fans the world over wondered where the series would take them next.

Assassins’s Creed 4: Setting

While there's no word yet on the game's new hero - or even if it's about to get one - a recent report on gaming website Gamespot has suggested that that the next installment in the franchise may be set in tropical climates. In an interview with Techtudo, Ubisoft Brazil managing director has suggested the next game could be set in Brazil.

Originally published in Portuguese, a Google translation of the article read: "The director of Ubisoft Brazil also reached to comment that the company has already mapped some data to develop a web-based history of the country, but nothing has been decided yet."

It wouldn't be too much of a stretch to supplant the series in Brazil - sections of Assassin's Creed III take part in Brazil and the game's producer Francois Pelland has said that one of the franchise's key strengths is that it can be set in any country and pretty much during any era.

Source: Gamespot

Assassins’s Creed 4: Features

Another rumour that's bubbled to the surface recently hints that the next Assassin's Creed game may break with tradition and offer another gameplay mode. Ever since the arrival of Assassin's Creed II, core entries in the series have always shipped with a lengthy single-player campaign bundled together with an engrossing comepetitive multiplayer mode.

However, a report published on The Gaming Liberty website states that Assassin's Creed 4 could contain a co-op mode. According to its article, Ubisoft recently sent out a survey to take the temperature of gamers' desires ahead of the development of the next insallment in the series.

The survey reportedly asked questions covering players' general satisfaction with core gameplay mechanics including combat and navigation, as well as poiting queries about the overal plot and sequence of events in the last entry in the series. It also probed gamers for ideas about potential features for a future Assassin's Creed game; participants in the survey were asked about their ongoing interest in Desmond's storyline and whether they'd like to see Connor return for a future outing. The popularity of Assassin's Creed III's Colonial North American setting was also gauged.

The survey also asked whether players would like to see a new co-op mode in the next entry in the franchise, specifically querying if they'd enjoy the "possibility for a friend to join the game in order to help" with any missions or activities they were engaged in.

Source: The Gaming Liberty