And the Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag leaks just keep on coming! After being forced to release the official box art and confirmation before schedule, Ubisoft made it clear that this Monday would bring the announcement that everyone was actually waiting for. After the latest batch of leaked screenshots, we’re starting to wonder how much the studio will have left to reveal.
Sporting high-seas adventure, deep-sea diving, and another look at the environments the player will inhabit in Black Flag, these images should give an idea of how much of the series formula will be changing, and what will be staying the same.
The leaked announcement trailer for Black Flag seemed to promise that besides piloting a ship through the Caribbean Sea, players would also be able to head onto land for a bit of romance, exploration, treasure-hunting and of course, assassinating. The leaked images (courtesy of AGB) show that those elements of gameplay are certainly in the cards, though how large a part they’ll play in the game isn’t yet clear.
For now, have a look for yourselves, and try to decide if Edward Kenway’s style and tropical setting – glimpsed in Assassin’s Creed 3‘s ‘Mayan Ruins DLC’ – is enough to bring you on board for another Assassin adventure:
For now we wouldn’t advise anyone to take too much information from these images, but what they show (beyond confirming that Edward Kenway will be killing people – *phew*) does get our imaginations running. Is the presence of whales and seabirds a sign that elements of AC3‘s hunting and trading economy will shift over to sea life as well? Or is it merely Ubisoft attempting to make the environments seem more alive? Along the same lines, will players be able to take Edward for a swim whenever they choose, or only in pre-determined locations?
Obviously only time will tell, but at this point, we wouldn’t put anything past the studio. And even if those questions are answered, we’ve got plenty that extend beyond gameplay. What role Desmond might play, what mysteries of Edward’s life will be solved, and how the rumored Vita title will fit into the larger story? That’s just a sample of topics we hope Ubisoft covers on Monday, but we’ll keep you posted on what they do and don’t officially announce.
What impression do these new images have on your hopes and concerns for Assassin’s Creed 4? Does the change in scenery and wide open seas get you more excited for this October, or prove that you would’ve preferred a new time and setting altogether?
Assassins Creed 4: Black Flag is rumored to release on October 29, 2013 for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. Next-gen releases are also expected some time after.
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