Author's note: Every Assassin's Creed title achieves considerable hype and success for the mere reason that it bears the Assassin's Creed name. As an avid player of Assassin's Creed II and Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, I have questioned whether or not the series is becoming something of a Call of Duty - a sure top-seller that has become increasingly formulaic and less innovative. Do you agree with this perspective, or do you think that recent releases, as well as Black Flags, are and will continue to innovate and create new, exciting experiences?
Assassin's Creed fans can enjoy a glimpse of the upcoming Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flags thanks to a new trailer titled 'Under the Black Flag' posted today by Ubisoft. The upcoming entry in the series aims to create a greater open-world experience with fewer restrictions than previous titles.
The trailer, viewable below, is pleasing to the eye and offers a variety of scenes to show players what to expect. Amid scenes of chaotic ship battles, introduced to the series with Assassin's Creed III, the game's protagonist can be seen dual-wielding swords and pistols, performing a number of signature assassinations, and captaining the main ship, the Jackdaw.
Also to be taken away from this two and a half minute long trailer are the visuals, which seem to be considerably better than previous games, notably in regard to facial structures. The environments depicted also seem especially vibrant, illustrating scenes from the game's primary three cities of Havana, Kingston, and Nassau.
Based on some of the narration of the trailer, Black Flags seems to be adopting a narrative similar to that of Assassin's Creed III, with the underlying theme of the underprivileged rising against the wealthy and taking what is rightfully theirs.
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flags is scheduled to release on Oct. 29 in North America, Oct. 31 in Australia, and Nov. 1 in Europe, and has already achieved considerable attention from new and old fans of the series. Head over to the PlayStation Universe community forums, or comment below, to discuss this upcoming title as well as a range of other topics.
Steven Chaffin is a U.S. staff writer for PlayStation Universe who has followed the Assassin's Creed series since its inception in 2007. For updates on all things gaming and non-gaming related, follow Steven on Twitter @steven_chaffin.