The unveiling of the next game in Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed franchise didn’t exactly go as planned. Early leaks of the game’s poster and nautical plot hook — along with some earnest hand wringing by gaming media outlets — lessened the impact of the reveal, but that doesn’t mean the game is any less intriguing.
Ubisoft has now formally pulled back the curtain on Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, due out November 1. The new game takes the popular franchise in a different direction, this time turning gamers into pirate assassins rampaging on the high seas. While there will be plenty of dry dock skullduggery to perform, developers say roughly 40 percent of the game will be spent sailing the ocean blue.