Ubisoft has reportedly given the thumbs up to an ambitious project, a remake of the fan-favourite Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, as per a recent revelation. Mind you, it’s still in the toddler stage of development, which implies a proper introduction and launch is still a few years down the line. Don’t put your spyglasses away yet, as numerous changes could unfold in that time.
Ubisoft’s Bold New Voyage: An AC4: Black Flag Remake
Ubisoft, riding the wave of success from the Assassin’s Creed franchise, is currently juggling several titles in the series including (but not restricted to) AC Mirage, AC Hexe, AC Red, and the VR thriller AC Nexus, featuring Ezio, Connor, and Kassandra.
Interestingly, the Assassin’s Creed library is chock-full of remasters like AC3 and a plethora of ported titles, yet it’s a barren wasteland when it comes to full-fledged remakes. The decision to break this pattern with a Black Flag remake is undoubtedly a welcome one, although it comes hot on the heels of Ubisoft dismissing whispers of an AC1 remake.
If properly executed, it’d be more logical to start with AC1, especially if it could match the allure of Capcom’s Resident Evil remakes. Only time will tell if Ubisoft plans to pave the way for more Assassin’s Creed remakes and what that pathway might look like.
According to the grapevine, Kotaku was the first to dish out the scoop on the Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag remake, thanks to some anonymous insiders. These sources suggest the project is barely off the starting block, positioning its release date a few years in the future.
Potential Tech Improvements: An Improved Naval Combat System?
Ubisoft Singapore reportedly has a hand in the pie, but whether they’re at the helm of this voyage is still up in the air, given they’re currently steering the Skull and Bones ship. Worth noting is Ubisoft Singapore’s track record, having contributed to every core Assassin’s Creed title since AC2, often with signature gameplay features such as AC3’s naval combat.
While it may be light-years before we get anything concrete, one can’t help but hypothesise that Ubisoft Singapore might utilise its maritime technology from Skull and Bones to upgrade AC Black Flag’s naval warfare. It’s an interesting concept given the birth of Skull and Bones was a direct consequence of AC: Black Flag’s triumph, mirroring how an AC Odyssey glitch was the catalyst for Immortals Fenyx Rising. What a beautifully intricate web we weave!
Naturally, this news has stirred up some doubts about the future of Skull and Bones. It’s been hit with delay after delay, and as of now, it’s stuck in release date limbo, though a beta for the game is on the horizon.
Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag can be enjoyed natively on Windows PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Wii U.
Source – Kotaku
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