ACIV Dev: ‘Present Day’ Level Explorable, Has “Amazing Content”

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Four new Assassin’s Creed 4 screenshots have surfaced online, released by Ubisoft yesterday on their Twitter account. Each of the screenshots showcases the game’s present day setting.

The screenshots were released alongside a Q&A session conducted by the game’s Lead Writer, Darby McDevitt, who answered a number of interesting, and not-so-interesting questions posed to him by some of the game’s many fans. Here’s the best, and most interesting of the bunch as they pertain to the game’s story and setting.

@Solidskila Are the cluster and glyph puzzles returning?

In a way… there are now various hacking games that reveal tons of secret Abstergo content. Become a modern day pirate!

@DaCenterOfEarth will the present day story be a major part of the game?

There are a “handful” of missions you are required to play, and they have a clear story arc…

@matman_1990 what country or location will the present day be set in & which characters will be in the present day?

Lovely Montreal, Quebec, actually… featuring a host of new characters, and a few old ones.

@HallOfGame11 Is our character aware the assassins and templars present existence? And do they learn much about Juno?

Yes, we will slowly reveal the existence of Assassins, Templars, and…

@_2SHANEZ__ Will there be open combat in present day? Can you free run in 1st person?

No combat in the present day, no. It’s all about exploring, eavesdropping, and hacking. Modern day pirate stuff.

@MusicMartijn Will we see what happened to the world? Did Juno change it?

No, the world looks the same… Juno is a rogue A.I. and does not have enough strength to overtake the world yet…YET.

@spartansw0rd Will you be able to explore Abstergo?

Absolutely. You’d be a fool not to… there’s so much amazing content in the present.

‏@SultanRj Can We Get Out Of The Animus Like The Previous Games ?
Yes, you can exit your Animus at any time and explore the Abstergo Entertainment offices.

@bfett9 #askacdarby will this game be mainly set from Abstergo’s point of view?

No, it’s from your point of view. You work for Abstergo, but you may like Assassins better. Or neither.

@elliott214 I’m guessing you’ll get to make a choice about who you join in the present?

Not a literal “press X to choose sides”. It will just present two sides of a conflict.

@adamk678 Will there be dialogue options/ conversations in present day?

No… because YOU are the protagonist, we didn’t want to put words into your mouth.

@MSUNREAL51 so what you’re saying is that we have the choice to work as an assassin or a Templar?

Neither. You work as you. Most people at Abstergo Entertainment are not Templars. But it is owned by Templars.

@KamalElgamel13 will the new character have a relation to Desmond?

No, Abstergo’s tech has improved. They have genetic memory cloud servers that allow anyone to dive into another’s memories.

@SigfredoME Will you have a chance to see the owners of Abstergo entertainment?
A few of the bigwigs, yes.

You can read the rest at Ubisoft’s blog here.

Interestingly enough, each of the screenshots appears to depict Abstergo Entertainment, in which the player takes on the role of a historical researcher who pries into the history of Desmond’s ancestors. As you can imagine, players will no longer be playing the role of Desmond this time around.

Ubisoft has confirmed an October 29 release date for Assassin’s Creed 4 on the PC, Wii U, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. It will be followed up by a release on next-gen consoles shortly thereafter.

For more information on the game, check out our preview.

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