Forget Desmond — The Main Character of Assassin’s Creed 4 is You
Warning! This post contains spoilers for the plot of Assassin’s Creed 3. Read on at your own risk.
Last year, Ubisoft released Assassin’s Creed 3 and in so doing, apparently wrapped up the story of Desmond Miles, the game’s present day protagonist.
Fans of the series have been left to wonder: Who’s the new character strapped into the Animus for the series to continue? The question was made all the more confusing by the fact that the period protagonist of Assassn’s Creed IV: Black Flag has been identified as Edward Kenway, the father of Haytham Kenway and grandfather of Ratonhnhaké:ton of Assassin’s Creed 3. That puts Assassin’s Creed 4′s protagonist in the same ancestral lineage as Desmond, suggesting that the new protagonist must be related to Desmond, if not Desmond himself.
At PAX East this week, Game Front’s Ron Whitaker was treated to a chance to check out Assassin’s Creed 4 in action and got an answer to that question. There, Ubisoft confirmed that Desmond Miles is not the present-day protagonist of AC4, and in fact, the new protagonist is none other than you, the player.
While Ubisoft developers were a bit cagey with the details, it seems that AC4′s present day portions will present the player as a character in the story, employed by the Animus-creating Templar-controlled Abstergo Industries. Assassin’s Creed 4 Lead Writer Darby McDevitt described the idea as “removing a layer between you and Edward Kenway.”
If you’re not familiar, the Assassin’s Creed series includes a framing story in which present day character Desmond is strapped into a machine called the Animus, which allows him to relive memories of his ancestors through his DNA.
While we have a new answer as to the present-day protagonist of Assassin’s Creed 4, that still leaves questions. For one, is the game instilling us with more details of what character “we” are playing? As mentioned, Edward Kenway’s involvement suggests a direct familial link between Desmond and the AC4 protagonist. It’ll be interesting to see what other details Ubisoft adds to the framing story, as well as what role the player protagonist is going to have in the overall story of the Assassins and Templars.
McDevitt and Ubisoft refused to comment on the involvement of character Haytham Kenway in Assassin’s Creed 4. Haytham a primary character (and antagonist) in Assassin’s Creed 3, as well as a fan-favorite addition to the series. Since Edward is Haytham’s father, there’s been some speculation at Game Front that Assassi’s Creed 4 may really be about Haytham, since he’s a character who left the Assassins and joined their arch-nemeses, the Templars. Hopefully we’ll have more information on the Haytham front in the future, but for now, Ubisoft isn’t talking about him.
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