Developers Talk Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag On Playstation 4

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

Sony’s video series Conversations With Creators is all about providing audiences with a peak behind the developing curtain at some of the industry’s most prestigious gaming studios. And now, the creative team at Ubisoft have stepped in front of the camera to talk about Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and the experience of rendering it on Playstation 4.

Watch the interviews for yourself below:

In a nutshell, the developers reiterate many of Sony’s ideologies from their Playstation 4 press conference back in February. This is a console built with the developer in mind, which will effectively rectify the old adage of how the Playstation 3 was difficult to program for. It’s clear, then, that Sony are pushing hard to advertise their new system as a machine free from compromise. In terms of software, though, all the added bells and whistles will certainly increase the game’s visual fidelity and the added environments in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – particularly underwater gameplay – will allow developers to put Sony’s new console through its paces.

Now that the current console generation has plateaued in terms of technical horsepower, it’s exciting to hear industry heads discuss the possibilities that the next generation will bring. During the interviews, Ubisoft discuss the use of the ‘Share’ button and how it will add depth to Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag without intruding on the single-player experience. The connected user interface is a key part the Playstation 4’s architecture and it’ll be fascinating to see how individual developers implement the new feature into their titles.

Assassin’s Creed has become a cornerstone of the gaming industry since the first game in 2007. However, considering that the property is now an annualised franchise, it’s good to see Ubisoft pushing the envelope with Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and taking the time-traversing adventures to the uncharted high seas. Players will control Edward Kenway – Grandfather of Connor from the third game –, a British-born swashbuckler with a penchant for thievery. Throughout the story, mythic characters such as Blackbeard and Anne Bonny will play a role in the story as Edward joins the fight against the Templars.

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag will be a multi-platform, multi-generational release, with the game coming to current-gen consoles, namely the Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PC and Mac on October 29th, 2013 – November 1st in Europe. Additionally, Ubisoft have confirmed that the game will become available for the Playstation 4 and next Xbox in time for their respective launch dates.

After hearing from the developers, what are your thoughts on the game? Are you excited about the return of naval combat? Give us your opinion in the comments below.