Edward Kenway: Privateer — AC4 Black Flag Story Trailer

Video game conspiracy theory time.

You’ve probably noticed that just about everything coming out of Ubisoft these days looks like an Assassin’s Creed game. Different settings and characters, true, but those characters move and behave just like an Assassin. Seriously, Watch Dogs and the new Splinter Cells could instantly become AC games if you throw some white clothes and a hood on the protagonists. Sure, you’d have to cook up an Animus, Templar storyline, but I gave up paying attention to those around Brotherhood anyway.

Given that Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag suddenly jumps back into the past after the first five games steadily progressed forward through time, and it was designed by a new dev team, my conspiracy theory is that Black Flag actually started as an entirely new franchise. Certainly sounds like it could be: an open world, open seas pirate action-adventure. Doesn’t sound much like an Assassin’s Creed game at all.

Here’s my History channel version (highly speculative and with no real facts to support my claims) of events: After AC3 seemed to put the franchise in reverse, another Conner game wouldn’t cut it, so Ubisoft went scrambling for options to stick to its annual installment schedule. Like Watchdogs and Splinter Cell, Black Flag was already so similar to AC that Ubisoft decided, to hell with it, threw the white outfit on Edward Kenway and called it a night. Further proof: the devs say the modern day, outside the Animus segments of the game are almost entirely optional.

Whatever really happened, Black Flag is, in fact, an Assassin’s Creed game. Personally, I think Ubisoft would have been wise to run with Black Flag as a new franchise, but there’s a reason why I’m not paid to make those types of decisions. Either way, based on the responses from those who have had hands-on previews with Black Flag, it’s pretty fantastic. Get an overview of the Animus-optional storyline in the new trailer below:

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