Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Preview – The E3 Primer

Lots of Promises, No Proof

It’s important to note that what little we’ve seen of Assassin’s Creed 4 so far has been very controlled, polished, and presentable. The first leaked trailer was all CGI; the second “gameplay” trailer doesn’t really give any idea of how the game will actually play, but is rather just a series of cool-looking elements linked together. The actual experience of Assassin’s Creed 4 is still very much up in the air, and right now most or all of the features and details we know about are what the developers have promised, and not what has been actually seen or played.

That said, with AC4 coming out in the fall on Ubisoft’s yearly schedule, it’s a near-certainty that we’ll be able to check out the game in some capacity at E3 this year. Just what that might entail, however, is anyone’s guess: Last year before the release of Assassin’s Creed 3, we only got to see the game’s single-player campaign in a hands-off demo played by a developer (although we did get to play some multiplayer). That may well be the case again this year, but at least we’ll be able to see the game in action in some capacity, whether we’re playing or someone else is.

Excited about Assassin’s Creed 4? Let us know what you’re excited to learn from E3, both about Ubisoft’s swashbuckling take on the series, and everything else that might be at the show.

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3 Comments on Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Preview – The E3 Primer


On May 1, 2013 at 7:23 am

Doesn’t it insult anybody that like about a year from now, we’ll have forgotten all about AC4 and moved on to talking about AC5?

Phil Hornshaw

On May 1, 2013 at 9:52 am


I don’t know about “Insult.” There was a time there when I felt like all the Assassin’s Creed games were bleeding together (what with three games about Ezio, set in roughly the same period), but AC3 at least mixed things up, despite its problems. This is kind of the issue we have with an annual game release, though.

On the plus side, Ubisoft seems to be recognizing the need to make changes, while also maintaining the series’ core. So while I said this with AC3 and was ultimately kinda disappointed, I’m still looking forward to AC4.


On May 4, 2013 at 8:32 am

Personally I’m excited that Darby is the lead writer for this game. The story is the main reason why AC:Revelations is still the favorite game of the series for me.