Fans of the Assassin’s Creed franchise got a healthy dose of swashbuckling next-gen action when a new trailer for Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag dropped last week. If that footage put too much emphasis on pirating and not even enough on neck-stabbing for you, then the new multiplayer trailer will be more to your liking.

The new trailer for Ubisoft’s AC4 focuses on how the multiplayer format that fans of the franchise are familiar with will look inside the pirate-filled world. Similar to previous Assassin’s Creed multiplayer modes, players will need to blend in with NPCs, while hunting down their targets. While on the prowl, they’ll need to be careful not to move too fast and expose their identities to the other players that are hunting them.

Players not interested in the competitive mode, but still want to enjoy the game with their friends, will be able to take advantage of new co-op multiplayer modes. The cooperative modes team up players to defend their treasures from thieves or wipe out infected enemies. We’re one step closer to the hopeful campaign co-op experience.

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The trailer is sure to get fans of stealth and stabbing excited for the follow up to last year’s 18th-century-themed adventures in Assassin’s Creed 3. The developers made it a point to discuss the importance of not rushing into battle guns blazing in AC4 and released a stealth-themed trailer at Gamescom 2013.

Music enthusiasts probably recognize the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club rocking out over the action in the trailer. The bluesy rock music doesn’t exactly scream pirates or Caribbean, but it still manages to set the right tone. As far as the tone and feel of actual gameplay, Ubisoft claims that AC4 will offer the most realistic open world yet. From the detailed texture of ocean waves to the way fog rolls in off the Pacific, there should be an incredibly unique and realistic world to explore when the game is released.

In the past, story campaign mode has always been the main attraction of Assassin’s Creed games and the multiplayer mode more of an added bonus. With the nature of annualized releases, even though AC4 is a next-gen game technically, Ubisoft didn’t have the time to add in multiplayer that involved ship-to-ship battles, something we all expected and designed once discovering the them of the game. That’s the problem with speeding development for annualized releases and something AC may be beginning to face much like Call of Duty is sacrificing innovation on the tech and graphics front in favor of fun and maintaining their annual release dates.

Are you pumped to jump into the multiplayer world or will you be sticking to story mode? What would you like to see from Assassin’s Creed multiplayer or co-op?

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag releases October 29 for PlayStation 3, Wii U, and Xbox 360. AC4 will release November 15 for PlayStation 4 and November 22 for Xbox One. The PC release date has not been announced.


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