Ubisoft Explains Assassin’s Creed 4 Single-Player Social Connectivity
The single-player mode in Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag comes with multiplayer functionality.
Like Watch Dogs, The Division, and The Crew, all of which are Ubisoft titles, Assassin’s Creed 4 will come with a companion app for iOS and Android devices that allow players to “stay connected” outside of the game.
“The biggest thing that we were getting into with Assassin’s Creed 4 is the concept that even in a single-player story — we still have multiplayer, to be clear — but even in the single-player, that you’re connected,” game director Ash Ismael said in an interview with Eurogamer.
“You [will] feel that there’s other people also playing the game and somehow you can interact, or somehow you can take advantage with each other.”
You’ll be playing the role of your own character—an Abstergo researcher—rather than that of Desmond. As the story goes, you’re researching the life of Edward Kenway, the title’s protagonist, and you will have co-workers who are also conducting the same research. They will be represented by other players.
“The coworkers with you – we want you to feel that your friends are co-workers. So other people playing Black Flag are also research analysts. So when they can find stuff in the world, they can share it with you. When they do research, and when you’re doing research, you can share that information and you get a boost for it.”
If that gets your goat, Ubisoft assures that the feature will be entirely optional, so you won’t have to participate if you don’t want to.