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Set sail far and wide in Assassins Creed IV

By the time Assassins Creed IV is released barely a year will have passed since Assassins Creed III burst onto our consoles. It appears enough time for Ubisoft however who claim their next sizeable adventure will take 30 minutes to sail around.

Get ready to fight at sea in Assassin’s Creed IV

Assassin’s Creed IV : Black Flag will be set in 1715 therefore it will technically be prequel in storyline terms to Assassin’s Creed III. The main campaign setting zeros in on the golden age of pirates and naval combat.

Players will be playing as Edward Kenway, the grandfather of Connor who is the main protagonist in the previous iteration. As fans of the series will know the game will also have a sideline modern setting which will have the players take on the role of an Abstergo Entertainment employee.

The game will have a lot of naval focused gameplay with the Caribbean ocean set to provide a whole new location and backdrop for some familiar Assassin’s Creed action, looting and exploring.

Assassin’s Creed director confirms massive open world

Assassin’s Creed IV game director Ashraf Ismail has recently come out and tried to outline just how massive the game world is and even describing it as the biggest the developer has ever made.

The Caribbean world is set to provide a sprawling landscape for the main protagonist Edward Kenway to traverse during his journey and Ashraf Ismail has been quoted as saying the ocean itself would take up to 30 minutes to sail across.

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“We don’t talk about it in terms of size, that would be a little bit unfair – there is a lot of ocean in the Caribbean. But it is the biggest game we’ve ever made,” Ismail outlined. “The story and narrative itself will last 15-20 hours, but we’re hoping that people get lost in the Caribbean world, in the toybox we’ve created.

Assassin’s Creed IV Coming Soon

With such a massive landscape and different terrains there are sure to be logistical issues to overcome and developers have explained that the series fast-travel system has been simplified to make the large playground easier to manage. Players will be able to jump to any sync-point they have uncovered in the game world during their story.

Meanwhile, Ubisoft have announced that there will be no spin-off game for the PlayStation Vita even though last year’s spin-off Liberation proved to be a success. They claim the team behind Liberation is needed for the main title itself and also the upcoming Watch Dogs.

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Gamers can look forward to Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag being released for the Xbox 360, Wii U, and PlayStation 3 on October 29. PC and next gen versions for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will follow after.

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Published: Friday, August 9th, 2013 Last Modified: October 26, 2013

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