Every fan of the Assassin’s Creed series knows just how fond Ubisoft is of creating both cinematic and gameplay trailers. With Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag‘s launch trailer finally here, we can’t help but think more trailers lie in store.

It’s clear that the launch trailer seeks to prove that new hero Edward Kenway will become every bit the legendary pirate his famous friends happen to be, but an additional trailer lays out all the information players will need to go headlong into Black Flag come launch day. And with the wealth of story missions, open world navigation and treasure-hunting, a crash course might be necessary.

Besides plenty of mast-leaping, swashbuckling, and general buccaneering, the launch trailer is heavily focused on the relationship between Edward and real-life pirate Anne Bonny. Some history fans might be surprised to see it implied that Edward and Anne share a particularly deep relationship (not us, since we called it months ago), but anyone fearing that Bonny’s narration is a spoiler can rest easy – there is no historical evidence that she was actually hanged for her crimes.

Assassins Creed 4 Black Flag Anne Bonny

Although Ubisoft has had no trouble producing a truly endless stream of video previews and marketing, little of Black Flag‘s campaign has truly been revealed (something all triple-A publishers should take note of). Rather than emphasizing how Edward Kenway would be fitting in with prior Assassin heroes, the developers have kept his motivations largely under wraps, beyond a simple desire to rebel against authority.

With Bonny claiming to have learned the ropes of piracy from Kenway himself, her capture could bring an extremely personal dimension to the conflict. We’ve known that Edward would be setting his sights on numerous armies, but we can’t help but pity whoever is responsible for putting Bonny’s life in jeopardy.

Of course, for those prospective fans who haven’t had the luxury of seeing every detail and walkthrough along the way, then the trailer titled ‘Assassin’s Creed 4 – 101’ is just what the doctor ordered. Covering everything from open world navigation, the new systems of naval progression and ingenious weaponry like ‘pistol swords,’ all the bases are covered. Have a look:

Which elements of Black Flag are you most looking forward to? The opportunity to step into the life of a pirate and craft your own adventure, or see what story the developers have created? Share your thoughts in the comments.


Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag will be released on October 29, 2013 for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC, and on next-gen consoles.

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