It appears Ubisoft will attempt to revive interest in its tired Assassin’s Creed franchise by switching the game’s focus to the swashbuckling Caribbean.
How do we know this? Yesterday a poster for the game Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag seeped its way into the Interweb system. Once that leak became known, more rumors about the game rapidly began to emerge.
For example, The Examiner reports that the main character in the next Assassin’s Creed will be named Edward Kenway. That name should sound familiar to Assassin’s Creed III players, since Edward is the father of III’s protagonist, Haytham Kenway.
Reports also indicate that the game will take players to the Caribbean, presumably during the seventeenth or eighteenth century. Gamers will reportedly make their way to a number of attractive islands, including Jamaica, Cuba, and the Bahamas.
The Examiner has indicated that Black Flag could be available for both current-generation consoles, as well as next-gen systems like the PlayStation 4.
Somewhat sadly, it appears that Darby McDevitt, who penned scripts for previous Assassin’s Creed games, will return as Black Flag’s primary scriptwriter. Given that the Creed games have featured increasingly awful storylines, that seems like a questionable decision on the part of Ubisoft.
Ubisoft has admitted that it is, in fact, developing a new Assassin’s Creed game with a release date scheduled for somewhere between April 2013 and March 2013. None of the other rumors have been confirmed as yet.
Here’s hoping Ubisoft breathes some new life into the decaying Creed franchise by developing some new game mechanics. I, for one, would seriously love to see an Assassin’s Creed/Sid Meier’s Pirates! mash-up.