Listen up ye lilly-livered landlubbers, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is bearing down on port this October, intent on pillaging pockets, raiding retail shelves and slaying a ship’s worth of console competition. Brimming with sandbox shenanigans, multiplayer hi-jinks, and Caribbean-set sleuthing, this latest entry in the time-spanning series introduces an all-new cast of cutthroats and cravens, many of whom you may already know.
With a franchise cast that includes a who’s who of famous faces from history, from Richard the Lionheart to Leonardo Da Vinci and good old Benjamin Franklin, Black Flag was never likely to sail far away from the pirating period’s best-known braggarts. Last month, Ubisoft introduced three of the men behind the title’s mic – including Game of Thrones alumni Ralph Ineson. Now the publisher is launching a second shot across the bows, with a look at the game’s other major players.
Appearing in the trailer above, fans are given a guided tour of this latest set of scallywags, by none other than protagonist Edward Kenway’s actor Matt Ryan. Fictional names appear alongside feared historical figures, like Edward’s freed slave accomplice AdÃ©wale and demented mentor Blackbeard. Other characters include the wonderfully-named Charles Vane, a notoriously violent pirate, and one of many government-sponsored raiders (or “privateers”) to go rogue during the “Golden Age of Piracy.” Vane’s real-life career began in 1718 when he ignored the King of England’s blanket pardon for all pirates wishing to give up their lawless lifestyle. This famous proclamation occurs 3 years after the start of Assassin’s Creed IV, and may well play a part in the installment’s ongoing narrative.
A second story trailer – released online and available above – introduces even more sea-soaked celebrities of the era, including antagonistic governor Laureano de Torres, hard-drinking captain Calico Jack, and his lover, an infamous female pirate, Anne Bonny. While the Assassin’s Creed franchise is known to play hard-and-fast with its depictions of real-world recruits (Da Vinci didn’t exactly build his flying machines to topple evil Templar conspiracies), Bonny’s unknown fate, as well as Torres’ imprisonment for corruption, should play right into the hands of scriptwriter Dylan McDevitt.
Is Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag the ultimate pirating title? Which sea-dog are you most excited to face (and possibly assassinate)? Have your say in the comments below, and be sure to check out the game’s bountiful pre-order bonuses here.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag arrives on October 29, 2013 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 & Wii U platforms. Xbox One and PS4 versions are scheduled to debut alongside their respective consoles, with the PC version appearing on November 19.
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