Despite the mixed reception endured by last year’s Assassin’s Creed III, it seems that Ubisoft isn’t inclined to give its open world stealth series a rest. Just as Activision has annualised its Call of Duty franchise, the French publisher now ensures that its biggest cash cow is ready to go each and every holiday season. The new instalment will be known as Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.
Assassin’s Creed III headliner Connor has been shown the door after only one starring role (his predecessor received three). The new game will follow the adventures of Edward Kenway, a man described by Ubisoft as “a fierce pirate and seasoned fighter”. The action will take place in the West Indies “at the dawn of the 18th century”.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is scheduled for release on 360, PS3, Wii U and PC. It will also be making an appearance on PS4 and “other next generation consoles”. The PS3 and PS4 versions of the game will feature an additional hour of downloadable content.