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Analysis: Assassin’s Creed 4 set up for pirates vs East India Company

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Ubisoft just made Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag official this morning, but besides revealing a box art, they aren’t speaking of any details until Monday. Drive by a little impatience waiting on said detail, Games Per Second did some exploring on the timeline and possible setting of Assassin’s Creed 4.

Rumors have pointed to the main character in Assassin’s Creed 4 being the father of Sir Haytham Kenway (in other words, grandfather of Ratonhnhaké:ton AKA Connor Kenway, main character for most of AC3). This is quite possibly the individual seen in the box art made official by Ubisoft.

Assassin’s Creed 3 with Haytham and Connor Kenway spanned the mid 1750s till the 1780s, with Haytham Kenway being born in 1725 and Connor Kenway born in 1756. We will likely play as Haytham’s father, if the rumor is correct and if that is him in the newly unveiled cover art, in the early 18th century. Assuming Haytham was born when his father was aged 30, we can narrow down the timeline of the ancestor in Assassin’s Creed 4 to between 1730s to 1740s; largely due to the fact that the assassin in the box art above looks like an older man in his 40’s or 50’s.

Despite being extremely close to the period in which AC3 was set in, Assassin’s Creed 4 could be similar yet very different because plenty of history was being made and Britain was developing at an amazing pace at the time. We know the Assassins will be pirates; so matching that up with the timeline and Haytham Kenway’s British nationality, we speculate their Templar enemies will in allegiance with the East India Trading Company (or EIC for short), which was huge at the time in history. The dead crew member dressed in blue formal attire in the poster of Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag supports this; officers of the British Navy will have some sort of role in the game, quite likely playing host to the game’s Templar antagonists.

There will be, no doubt, plenty of battles at sea in Black Flag and the naval missions in the previous game, Assassin’s Creed 3, have certainly set the stage for what to expect. Word is Assassin’s Creed 4 might be set in the Caribbean but we think we might spend some time and see more of Britain as well. What else could be cooler than climbing the structures of 18th century Britain – with chimneys, slanted high roofs and the busy but glum atmosphere of London. The Caribbean, in comparison, will likely offer more ‘travelling in the trees’ and perhaps some Meso-American structures.

Pistols will definitely make an appearance in the game, but the potential timeline and setting will likely mean slightly less advanced gunpowder-based weapons and that’s good news to bringing Assassin’s Creed back to its ‘traditional’ hidden blade.

We’re excited because it would be Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag is close yet far enough from Assassin’s Creed 3 to bring the best of AC3 (such as naval battles and the 18th century setting) and mix in some fresh new aspects into the game (such as a more interesting storyline and exploration of British history and how their privateers/traders had influence across Western Europe as well as their journeys to Central America)

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