13 Minutes of Awesome – Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Open World Gameplay

Need even more visual proof before you decide to take up the life of a pirate in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag? Lucky for you Ubisoft recently released a new trailer detailing over 13 minutes of open world Caribbean gameplay. From the looks of things, it seems that Ubisoft is working hard to correct many of the mistakes of the last game.

What seems really intriguing to me is that at least in the beginning, Edward skirts both sides with the Templars and Assassins. Choosing not to commit to either side, rather keeping his options open for that fame and fortune. I’d have to imagine that doesn’t sit well with either side and I’m curious to see how that’ll play out.

Another thing that really catches your attention is just the staggering size of the map itself. The world they’ve created looks absolutely massive with plenty of things to do including finding treasure, exploring towns, engaging in naval battles, and a ton of other side missions. There always seems to be something to do that the game is teasing the player to go explore. I’m a big fan of that.

While the naval combat was impressive in ACIII, it doesn’t hold a candle to what Black Flag has going on. Now featuring the ability to free target the ship using front cannons, you can also choose to disable the ship to plunder it’s supplies and crew rather than sink the ship outright. As I mentioned above, naval combat looks more free giving players more options and a better method of fighting from a ship. Speaking of options, it also appears that how close you get to the opposing ship once it’s masts are taken down also can influence how the boarding battle will take place. Get up close and both crews will start leaping on to the boat but giving yourself some room will allow you to dive into the water for a potential sneak attack. Edward can also attack from the upper masts or choose to take out the enemy crew from swivel guns. It’s really impressive and should help to open up the gameplay quite a bit.

While not everything in the following video is brand new content (though a lot of it is), it’s still very much impressive. The seamlessness of everything and lack of traditional load screens is just fascinating. So have a look below and enjoy! Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is due out on October 29 for currently released systems and next gen systems sometime in November.

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