It might be the latest installment in one of Ubisoft’s most popular franchises, but so far Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag has been a difficult game to judge, even with the heaps of trailers and gameplay footage that have been unveiled. Assassin’s Creed III divided many fans of the series, with some praising it for its authentic recreation of revolutionary America, and others criticizing it as dull and lacking proper story pacing.
As such, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag could really go either way, depending on what the creative team does with it. Despite being a numbered entry in the series, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is really a prequel to Assassin’s Creed III that concentrates on Connor Kenway’s father, Edward Kenway, a privateer-turned-pirate who cavorted with the likes of Anne Bonny and Blackbeard.
It’s been a while since a decent pirate-themed video game came out, but Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is nonetheless following in the footsteps of Sid Meier’s Pirates! and the Monkey Island series, and as such has a lot to live up to. Ubisoft has just released a host of new screenshots for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, showing Edward harpooning a giant shark in the face, fighting British soldiers, shooting at ships and sharing a quiet drink over what appears to be a Piece of Eden. Check out the new glimpses of the pirate’s life below, courtesy of Kotaku.