Ubisoft asks fans if pirates deserve to be freed from the Assassin’s Creed

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

By on December 9, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag has been a pretty incredible success for Ubisoft. With the exception of a few Altair and Ezio fanboys and girls (I can’t believe Connor has fans) Black Flag has been widely hailed as the best of the series. And according to IGN, Ubisoft are paying attention, with some fans recently receiving a survey asking them what they would like to see in the next Assassin’s Creed – including whether or not fans would enjoy a nautically-themed game separate from the Assassin’s Creed franchise.

Fans were asked what kind of things they would value in such a game – a complex economy, greater customisation options for characters, ships and hideouts, more things to do and sights to see. Naturally it also asks about multiplayer – co-operative and competitive naval combat across the seven seas.

Ubisoft aren’t giving up on Assassins however – the survey also asked several questions about the Assassin’s Creed franchise as a whole, and what players would like to see in AC5, including options for a present day character, more stealth gameplay sequences and the ability to extend the game with a phone or tablet. For reasons unknown it didn’t ask the most important question – ‘Should we never ever have eavesdropping missions in our game ever again?’

I didn’t get sent the survey, but if I had I would have picked the two options I care about – ‘damn it will someone just remake Pirates! already?’ and ‘you really don’t need to bother with the Abstergo meta-narrative. Just let me get back to my other business. My assassin business.’ Check out the IGN and if you’re still not sure about Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, go watch the Dread Pirate Jess play it right here.

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Pirates is a great game that I still jump on and play sometime but its not my favorite pirate themed game…

There was a Pirate game due to released around the same time the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie came out so they quickly slapped the black pearl into as a random ship you could encounter and made it the official game. It was pretty buggy and the sword combat sucked but just the ship combat and sailing around the islands and trading/smuggling were pretty fun


Pirates of the Burning Sea was my favourite piratey themed game. The Aussie Server was amazing with a great community. I miss those days. Playing as pirates then switching to Spain because thee French were running over everyone.

Good Times.



Oh holy heck yes son, the video game formerly known as Sea Dogs 2. That game was buggy and ugly and broken as hell and it was addictive as heck. My brother brought it home and I was outraged that he bought a licensed video game, but we couldn’t stop playing it. It was what I imagined Morrowind would be like if you could be a pirate and there was no hope of ever seeing a patch.


Pirates of the Burning Sea was my favourite piratey themed game. The Aussie Server was amazing with a great community. I miss those days. Playing as pirates then switching to Spain because thee French were running over everyone.

Just checked out their website and apprently it’s being rebuilt :D



Yeah flying labs bought the rights to the game back from SOE so they’re redeveloping aspects (well as far as I can tell, info is light in that regards) of the game. let’s hope they can make it glorious.


Yeah the meta-narrative while interesting is wholly irrelevant to the AC series. If they just turned it into you being the Assassin, no mini-map or icon hunt and gave more depth to the objectives, missions etcetera it would be a fantastic game.

AC4 is awesome, yet play it for long enough and you see that it could have been so much more. Instead of randomly spawning ships that act as fodder for your cannons it would be better to have a working economy with working traders, escorts, forts, fleets et al. The dynamic of the game would become far more interesting and meaningful. The story should be decentralised a bit allowing for a more natural story progression in an open world rather than shoehorning in a story that should be a straight linear game.

But then I always prefer open world simulation to open world with window dressing ;)


Definitely scrap the assassin stuff and give us something like AC4 but with more Pirates! type stuff. And a little more humour/fun. Then get Sid Meier involved. And let us zoom out more in the sailing parts. And add persistent on-line multiplayer. And call it Sid Meier’s Pirates! Online. And then I will never leave my couch again.


AC-Arrogant Pirate is a very nice game and great engine, but wouldn’t it make sense to be able to zoom out more when sailing! God it’s annoying :)

Crappy waste-of-time, ‘scale this dungeon to end up in the same place’ puzzles and missions to follow people just should be banned. Thank goodness there are less of them in this version.

a little more Strategy and RPG elements would be nice. Like a pirate hangout, that you could upgrade, oh, and actually was worth upgrading / visiting. Hiring pirates that ran to your ship and hopped on, not just magically appeared. etc. etc.

Let me give them a piece of my mind…..

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