Ubisoft is planning to host a private press event tomorrow, Wednesday, February 27, to unveil… well, something regarding the next installment of its epic franchise. And with the series aligned to weave another new protagonist, setting and possibly even time period into its next adventure, many are anticipating the reveal of Assassin’s Creed 4. It just so happens that a rumored promotional poster has leaked online claiming to out the game ahead of schedule.
According to Kotaku, the image below might be of Ubisoft’s official promotional art for Assasssin’s Creed 4: Black Flag. It was taken by a tipster who claims that Ubisoft is planning to display the poster in retail stores beginning next Monday, March 4.
Aside from the fact the image looks like it could have been taken from the cluttered rear office of a GameStop store — a Defiance lanyard can be seen hanging in the background along with an EA Sports advertisement — it’s hard to determine the validity of alleged poster. That said, the design work does seem halfway convincing (or should we say fathomable?).
Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed 3 promotional campaign began with sketch art of Connor, perched in front of the original Stars and Stripes wielding an axe and a musket. The rumored poster image for Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag exudes a rather similar vibe: introducing our (unnamed) new protagonist along with his method of dress, a few of his weaponary accoutrements and, perhaps, a few of his swashbuckling adversaries. The hand-drawn art style doesn’t convey the same gritty, frigid realism of AC 3‘s first poster, but it is reminiscent of the old-fashioned artwork commonly found on the front of classic pirate novels.
And Assassin’s Creed is more than seaworthy; Ubisoft made naval warfare an anchor of the Assassin’s Creed 3 experience last year, and it proved consistently to be of the game’s most polished and entertaining components from the perspective of gameplay.
Spanning between the 1650s and 1730s, the Golden Age of Piracy (think Blackbeard, Captain Kidd and Henry Morgan… or sure, whatever, Jack Sparrow, Barbossa and Kiera Knightley), should it be Black Flag’s destination, would allow Assassin’s Creed 4 to retrace some of the fiction established by AC3’s naval questlines and loot missions. Even though it would reverse the trajectory of AC’s time-traveling narrative, the era would be teeming with exploration opportunities: Spanish, French and English colonial port cities along the American East Coast and lascivious pirate hideaways hidden along the islands of the Caribbean. We can already envision raiding a seaside Templar fortress in Spanish-held Florida, absconding with weapons and supplies and outfitting them to our own fully customizable frigates to build an Assassin armada.
But of course, we should find out tomorrow where Ubisoft’s true vision for Assassin’s Creed 4 lies. Do you think a pirate-themed installment — perhaps one entitled Black Flag — would be a good new direction for the franchise?
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