Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – Gameplay Reveal Trailer Analysis & GameStop DLC Details

Today Ubisoft released the first in-game trailer reveal for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. Ubisoft this time didn’t ask players to unlock any video trailer, instead they release it and boy I freaked out. The trailer starts with what appears to be Captain Edward Kenway’s ship, the Jackdaw. Back when Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag was announced, it was said that players will control the Jackdaw and it would be considered as a second character that could be upgraded. The next scene features Blackbeard and Edward, though they are not exchanging words it looks like the AnvilNext engine character performance was enhanced since AC3. Being an open sea simulator doesn’t always mean calm waters. Players will encounter and engage enemy ships during raging storms. In this trailer we are given our first look at frontal cannons that can be installed to the Jackdaw to shoot cannons at enemy ships. Players will have to choose their fights against certain enemy ships. Before attacking them, it is advised players upgrade the Jackdaw or get destroyed trying. It has been confirmed there are 18 archetypes of ships, adding variety to the naval combat. Here’s a screenshot of the 18 ship archetypes:

The next major feature from this game is being able to dive underwater using a diving bell. Players will journey into the depths of the oceans and face fearsome sharks before being able to retrieve valuable treasure. Not only Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is focused on sea exploration, it also features major cities like Havana located in Cuba and Kingston which is located in Jamaica. Visually, Havana looks to resemble Florence from Assassin’s Creed II while Kingston looks to have a similar design to Boston. Notice that this time houses are connected with beams and ropes to benefit the parkour abilities of Edward. Big cities do play a major role in ground exploration, but since Edward will be able to control the Jackdaw and explore the caribbean sea, player will also be able to explore uncharted islands full of vegetation or Mayan Ruins.

Edward Kenway according to the video’s narrator is fearsome among the Spanish and British authorities as well as the pirates. It is noticed during this trailer that Edward has been given new animations to represent the ruthlessness of the pirate. Using a combination of dual swords and pistols, Edward is a pirate to be feared. Boarding ships will be an important aspect of the game, but how will the crew AI blend in with this mechanic? Let us not forget Edward is a pirate trained by Assassins. This means he will don the iconic hidden blades and use them to kill stealthily his targets. While infiltrating uncharted islands filled with enemies, it looks like the stalking zones from Assassin’s Creed 3 have been improved in design expanding the gameplay opportunities it offers. Edward presents no problem to him in killing multiple enemies. His skills with the dual swords made my jaw drop. Edward will also be able to equip up to four pistols (he will in fact start the game with one) and take care quickly of multiple enemies. It seems multiple shots can be shot against one enemy. In the end, we will have to wait until E3 for new gameplay, but for now delight yourselves with this trailer.

Though Ubisoft has detailed the European Collector’s Edition of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, GameStop is offering pre-order DLC besides the awesome looking poster designed by Todd Mcfarlane. This pre-order DLC is titled the Black Island pack and it will contain the following:

  • A Black Island treasure hunting quest
  • An unlockable deadly Black ship
  • Captain Morgan’s gun
  • Captain Morgan’s costume

here’s an image with the GameStop pre-order DLC

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag will launch for PS3 (with exclusive content), Xbox 360 and  Wii U on October 29. The PS4, PC and next generation console versions will release later.

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  • Mason

    So whatever happened to the 18 different ship archetypes? There are literally only five different types of ships in the game, not counting the Jackdaw.