Assassin’s Creed IV to Involve Pirates
"It is in this era that we’ll meet Edward Kenway, father of Haytham and grandfather of Connor, - clearly signifying the pursuit of what Ubisoft is calling the “Kenway saga” of Assassin’s Creed games. Where Haytham and Connor were present at the dawn of a new democracy, Edward will be tested by the failure of the old one." [IGN.com]
The game will feature a more open-world experience, with gameplay seamlessly connecting land and water-based exploring and combat, with no load-times or segmentation. Players will be able to take part in ocean-based warfare, and while the game will have “basic” objectives such as eliminating the enemy ship’s captain, how they accomplish the mission has many flexible options.
In naval combat, “your goal with any ship-to-ship fight is to eliminate the other captain. How you do this is entirely up to you. Edward could simply grab hold of a swivel gun on his ship, firing the small cannon at his counterpart. He could use one of his (up to four, depending on your upgrades) pistols to simply fire a bullet at the foe’s head. Alternatively, Edward could risk boarding the other ship in a variety of ways, leaping from mast-to-mast and performing an air assassination, or charging into the fray, intending to cut down his foe with his sword.”