Yo ho, yo ho, it’s a pirates life for me! We engage in comical battles, never die, and we smell like a pig sty! Pirates have been riding a wave of popularity in recent years, thanks mostly to a set of Disney films that was fun for the whole family. But in Assassin’s Creed 4, don’t expect those buccaneers to be rated PG.
Expect a grimmer, grittier version of pirates in that sequel, as Ubisoft’s lead content manager Carsten Myhill explained to MCV that the team was aiming for an adult tone in line with an HBO series.
“We have a fantastic opportunity for pirates in video games,” Myhill said.
Certainly when Assassin’s Creed III naval came out, there was a clamour from the fans for a pirate game. There’s no doubt that the people want it.
But it’s not easy. It takes a very talented team, a lot of experience and great tech. It’s one thing having good naval combat, but combining that with good boarding and land-based gameplay in a seamless way, is hard to do.
We’re staying away from clichés. Things like walking the plank, parrots on the shoulder and hooks for hands. We are giving pirates the HBO, reality treatment. And that allows us to redefine piracy in entertainment. No longer is it for kids.
Well, if the trailer is anything to go by, then the game could certainly be aiming for some Oz and Deadwood waters.
There’s no denying that that period in history, when freebooters and pirates hired by sovereign states was an interesting one, albeit a bloody and violent time as well. And that is a tone that Assassin’s Creed has been able to capture in the past, pretty well I’ll admit.
Provided that they don’t cock up the ending again. Now start your damn pirate-speak in the comments below. I know that there’s no stopping you all with that.
Last Updated: March 12, 2013