March 5, 2013
Gettin’ Some Booty In Assassin’s Creed IV
Booty for you, booty for me, and booty for every last lollygagging wish washer on your salt water drenched vessel will be only one of the new features as we take the epic saga on to the Caribbean. With that conquest of booty in mind, the obvious question has been posed as to who our next target is going to be. Would you believe me if I said it was the infamous Captain Edward Teach, a.k.a. Black Beard?
Don’t pretend that you didn’t see this coming. Assassin’s Creed has become an annualized roam-fest of counter strike goodness that upscales even Call of Duty in improvement and quality. What that means is that while Call of Duty does implement high-octane experiences pumped with emotional story narrative, Assassin’s Creed proves that releasing a new game every years’ doesn’t mean that your game has to suck. Since Assassin’s Creed III came to the consoles and PC last October, fans and newcomers have waited anxiously for what they have expected to be the next Assassin’s Creed reveal.
Apparently this reveal is a “leaked” trailer that went online last week and shed some light about the new setting that we’ll be visiting. Sadly, we’re not going to the World War II era with General Eisenhower like we’d hoped, but we can still dream.
Instead, we are taking a trip to the Caribbean around what seems like the 17th or 18th century in a time when bad breath and unshaved beards were still accepted features on thirty year old men on date night. The trailer is narrated by Black Beard himself, and in it he describes the mystery and cunning of the new Assassin of whom we don’t know anything about yet.
Black Beard was renowned in history for being a relentless, merciless, cold-hearted monster that killed any man that stood in his path for riches and the open sea. Likewise, Black Beard sounds a bit shaken by the introduction (somewhat) of our new Assassin hero. Despite his frail speech, Black Beard assures all of his men in the tavern, amidst a single flame in a dark room, that adventures and fortuitous labor will be had by all men who stand by him. Before the trailer ends, we hear a faint warning of cautious behavior to not cross the path of any Assassin, for “There is more mystery in that man, than even I dare ask”.
Somebody’s afraid of the new guy in the hood.
The new assassin hasn’t been revealed, but has been shown to be either European or of some American ancestry with a chiseled facial structure and beautiful, lustrous flowing hair.
Ubisoft has always remained vigilant and accurate with every release of an Assassin’s game, and Black Flag shouldn’t be any different. Although I think it’s amazing that we’re switching the focus of the story to a setting that doesn’t deal directly with Juno, Minerva, Jupiter, or any of the previous deities that came before for that matter. I felt a rush of unique drive and mystery when watching our new hero slash a few throats before walking away from a bed with two women.
It may be that our focus is now being averted to Black Beard; a tyrant in history, whose sole goal and drive was to rob and kill to attain riches. Perhaps Black Beard will fulfill a new archetype in Assassin’s Creed lore for Assassin’s vs. Templars?
One of the best things about Brotherhood was that we discovered that the war between both factions has raged on for thousands of years, sprinkling conflict all across the world. We saw this conflict consume The New England colonies as well as Henry Ford in the beginning stages of the automotive industry. Both political and military conflicts have seen the reins pulled by Assassins and Templars alike.
Needless to say we’ll be having a blast with all of that booty this October when Black Flag hits stores for consoles and PC.
Image Credit: Ubisoft