Black Flags and red herrings: Assassin’s Creed’s lead writer on what’s next for the series

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Combat, stealth, seafaring, assassination and acquisition are the heart of Black Flag – a pirate’s life spread across a vast, vivid tropical world. Threading a coherent narrative through each of Ubisoft’s time-hopping adventures must surely get trickier the more open-ended they become; it’s Darby McDevitt’s job to do exactly that. McDevitt is a 14 year… Continue reading

After Arkham, Black Flag and GTAV, is this the end of an open-world gaming golden age?

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Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag can easily see you through to the new year with its heaving open-world of missions and quests. You could put hours into Arkham Origins over the winter weeks, too, hunting for all the snowbound secrets and swooping down on rampaging thugs. Then there’s Grand Theft Auto V, with its generous… Continue reading

Sylvain Trottier, associate producer on Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, on next-gen development and the “grandma test”

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Sylvain Trottier, associate producer on Assassin’s Creed IV, is keen to make the differences between generations obvious – so much so that your grandma can tell the difference. In the new issue of Edge magazine, on sale November 21, we quiz him on Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, on next-gen development and on much, much more…. Continue reading

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and why the pirate genre’s promises are fool’s gold

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The pirating life, it seems, is all about prospects and broken promises. The prospect of wealth made by the promise of a treasure map or faintly whispered legend. A legend often unfulfilled, of course, or forever unclaimed, ending in more skulls and scabbards lining the treasure trove. The videogame pirate genre, too, has been marred… Continue reading

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag review

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The pirate’s life for you. That’s what Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag promises, and the fantasy it delivers sets new benchmarks not only for Ubisoft’s series but for open-world gaming. You are Edward Kenway, a privateer-turned-pirate seeking riches and renown on the high seas in the years prior to the events of ACIII. That game,… Continue reading

Exploring Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag’s new underwater sections, crafting and naval systems

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We’re not sure at what point Ubisoft finalised the script to Assassin’s Creed IV, but Edward Kenway couldn’t be a better antidote to his grandson if he tried. Connor’s dour attitude and whining tone have been replaced by the cocksure swagger and confidence of a man who just can’t wait to rip his vest off… Continue reading

Ubisoft reveals new Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag trailer

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New video form the forthcoming adventure shows ‘A pirate’s life on high seas’.

Ubisoft reveals fresh Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag footage

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New gameplay trailer shows naval exploration with commentary from game director Ashraf Ismail.

Ubisoft promises six Xbox One games in its first year

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Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag and Watch Dogs will join four more next gen titles from Ubisoft on Xbox One.