The initial trailer, which Ubisoft presented during its press conference held many subtle nuances that are worth acknowledging for the sheer amount of detail likely contained within the footage. While obvious scenes pointed towards more navel missions in Assassins Creed 4 gameplay, some of the more subtle and well-placed scenes of the trailer seem to suggest that brawls are now more realistic. Instead of simply pushing an opponent into an available object such as in Assassin’s Creed 3, the trailer actually depicts Edward Kenway smashing a bottle of whiskey over an attacker’s head. Another scene shows Edward taking a lift up to a higher point of view on the ship by pointing his pistol to the predestined area of the harness before snagging a ride on the rope leading up to the sails. While we’ve grown used to watching combat with various types of swords and the hidden blade throughout previous games, Edward’s own swordplay still somehow remains unique to him while staying in line with the precision and true form of fighting with a sword from the 1700s. Suspense is brooding in the darkness of almost every corner as the trailer reveals that Edward often finds himself in the seedy darkness of ships and dens inhabited by pirates, templars, and other questionable unknown figures – while still managing to balance the natural beauty of the exotic backdrops of islands and ancient realms unseen to the modern eye.
A major cue that provoked many people to become interested in Assassins Creed 4 gameplay is greatly based on the next-gen technology and the engine it will be using in order to provide players with those stunning graphics, most noticeably seen within the second trailer that was revealed during the post-show. For many, one of the greatest points of gameplay within any Assassin’s Creed game has been the ability to go explore the surroundings and sit back to take in everything that envelope the gaming experience. Whether that involves players scaling a famed landmark to synchronize a viewpoint, or simply stopping to enjoy the beauty of the amount of detail that goes into the creation of these games. The new trailers prove to be nothing but promising with many of the scenes showcasing fine architecture, exquisite ancient ruins, and lush tropical plateaus that leave the viewer in awe of the full spectrum of what is possible within a mere transition into next-gen gaming. If the trailer is any reliable indication, Assassins Creed 4 gameplay will literally transform each players gaming experience by providing exceptionally high quality graphics, hours of exploration, intense storylines, and an almost omnipresent sensation that one has truly traveled back in time to rewrite the pages of history.
While many might have been hoping for it, none of the content that was present in the trailer reveal at E3 even began to touch on the story of what has happened to the indelible Desmond Miles. The ending of Assassin’s Creed 3 left room for many different theories among the fanbase worldwide. Many fans arguing that the presence of Edward Kenway in Assassins Creed 4 gameplay suggested that somehow, somewhere, Desmond Miles is present in an animus, whether the assassins or Abstergo is in possession of his body. Quite figuratively, while the trailer at E3 does leave room for the mind to wander as to the real fate of Mr. Miles, it does not stop to acknowledge his existence. Instead the trailer draws all of our focus and attention towards the new main character of our current story, Edward Kenway – who interestingly enough somehow manages to hearken back to the legacies of Altair Ibn-La’Ahad and Ezio Auditore da Firenze with his attitude and mannerisms. Yet despite similarities, he still remains completely unique to himself.
Ironically enough, while all of the attention is point at Kenway, there is still much that has yet to be seen from him. Many of the diehard Assassin’s Creed fans have wondered how the well-written, yet mysteriously vague portrait of the man referenced in Oliver Bowden’s novel “Forsaken” will transcend into its presence within Assassins Creed 4 gameplay. The small amounts of character development that we have been allowed to see over the period of months since Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag’s initial announcement has been nothing short of curiously provocative, always providing just enough background information to tease without giving the entire story away.
At a glance, Edward Kenway can seem like an incredibly brooding soul with a penchant for the ladies and a slew of combat regalia that definitely make him one man to avoid crossing on a bad night. Yet at a contrast, he can also already seem to transform into an extremely rugged character who has gained wisdom far beyond his years while balancing an unknown and almost unspoken inner struggle between his own will versus his destiny. After all, how does one ever so easily integrate the world of a privateer into the world of the assassins without crossing some point of conflict? As with everything Ubisoft and Assassin’s Creed, the best remains to be seen upon the release of Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, when it comes to console and PC gamers everywhere this Oct 30.