Ubisoft has revealed that 40% of Assassins Creed 4: Black Flag‘s missions will take place at sea. This somewhat comes at no surprise considering the game is centred on pirates in the islands of the Carribean.
Ubisoft Creative Director Jean Guesdon, more specifically, said, “mission wise, land missions will represent approximately 60% of the game and naval ones 40%. But if you take the global experience that players will leave with we’re talking more about 50-50.”
Despite the franchise’s new emphasis on naval-based missions, land-based gameplay “remains important” to Assassins Creed 4.
“Free running, social stealth and combat are still key pillars” of the game’s land gameplay. Players will even be able to free-run during the “boarding sequences of ships.”
“The Seamless, systemic open-world system (Horizon System) packed full of sea and underwater activities will represent a big part of the game,” he adds.
“At any given moment in the game when you are aboard your ship you can take out your spyglass and survey the world. The Horizon system ensures that you will always have 2 or 3 pirate ‘opportunities’ available to you. That could be a merchant ship convoy to rob, a whale to hunt, fellow pirates to rescue… the list goes on.
“These opportunities happen systemically and evolve based on your progress, meaning that every player’s experience will be different. It means that if you love the naval experience you can play it as much as you want, being constantly and variably challenged outside the main story path.”
Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag will centre around Edward Kenway, the father of Haytham Kenyway and grandfather to Connor from Assassin’s Creed 3. The game is due to launch on “every available platform” which is safe to say includes next-gen consoles.