Assassin's Creed IV modern-day setting is mostly optional, says Ubisoft

Players required to leave the Animus five times during the main AC4 campaign.

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Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag players will be required to leave the Animus five times throughout the game to take part in the game's modern-day setting, Ubisoft has said.

Game Director Ashraf Ismail said on the Ubisoft blog that players will be required to exit the Animus in order to progress the game's story, but that the mandatory modern-day sequences only take between three to four minutes each.

Set in Abstergo Entertainment, the present-day storyline in Assassin's Creed IV casts the player as an employee of Abstergo Entertainment, and features up to five hours of optional content.

"In total, if you were to do everything in the present day--find everything, hack every computer, access every room--it’s a solid three to five hours. For the main path--the stuff you’re required to do--it’s somewhere between 20 and 25 minutes," said Ismail. "You leave the Animus five times during the game’s main path and each time you’re there for about three to four minutes."

Assassin's Creed III spoilers follow.

Ismail adds that the optional content from Abstero Entertainment is used to say goodbye to Desmond after the events of Assassin's Creed III. "You have to hack computers and figure out how to access certain rooms and get through security. There is gameplay in just being able to access that stuff. When you access it, the content you find is a reward for us. Through this content you see what happens to Desmond after Assassin’s Creed III. We used it as an opportunity to say goodbye to Desmond. There’s actually a lot of stuff linked to him that you find." . On top of that, other cameos are promised in the game. "There are awesome cameos. Let’s put it like that," concluded Ismail.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag will be released for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii U on October 29. PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC versions will follow in November.

Discussion

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zebomoby
zebomoby

I can wait to see the world on this game

JamesJoule
JamesJoule

i really liked the modern parts alot .. but an empolyee at abstergo doesn't sound that good ..

athrun07
athrun07

I'm a bit confused here. The title writes "mostly optional' and then upon reading it writes "will be required". So they are forcing us to exit the animus to progress? I have no objection against it but the modern day setting need to be more constructive and enjoyable but not linear and boring.

justinpg
justinpg

I personally love the modern story, but I don't want something where I have to come out of the animus on my own and search for stuff.  

1) I get way too engrossed while in the animus, never want to leave, until it's actually time to leave (scripted modern day).

2) Don't want to do the tedious searching that I had to do in the first one.

3) Hate reading the emails, which is their main way of telling information, and even just listening to conversations while having nothing to do gets boring quickly.

toddx77
toddx77

I really enjoyed the modern day parts in Assassins Creed III that had you go on missions and wouldn't mind more out of animus experiences like that.  I didn't like the cave parts though.  Running around it trying to find the places to put those pieces was annoying.  

BlazingSpeed
BlazingSpeed

I'm posting this to thank whoever uploads this stuff onto youtube with no commentary in advance.

StHapns247
StHapns247

I thought they were totally removing the modern setting/animus. It broke the emersion so much in the more recent games. It was cool in the first game, but then they really didn't do anything worth while in the latter entries.

"It’s a solid three to five hours" there is nothing "solid" about a flexible 2 hours.

He's also essentially saying it is meaningless, so why even have it? I hope this is the last in the series that features the modern say setting and the animus. I'd much rather have a really cool, immersive settings that feels real and isn't broken up by harsh reminders that you're essentially playing a video game within a video game.

ziproy
ziproy

Cameo's of who?? You killed off all of the main characters. I'm guessing we're supposed to be excited to see that generic hacker chick and the guy that's the dorky robot from portal 2?? Cuz they were such dynamic and complex characters that we associated with

You got a lot of work to do Ubi to get me back into the fold. I'm not gonna lie, if this game is as good as it sounds and seems it may do it. Then again Ass-creed 3 had me initially intrigued and that just flat-out sucked

brxricano
brxricano

I'm required to eat 3 times a day.

AlexFili
AlexFili

Makes sense, some were annoyed at the modern segments in the older games

emuhammad82
emuhammad82

I am so excited what will happen after ending of AC3 and so angry that they died Desmond

chieflion
chieflion

Desmond shouldnt be dead man, why would that godly bitch in assassins creed 2 call out to him from ezio just to die in the third game. 

shitty. Cuz i loved the main storyline for a while, the end of ass 2 was so chief it gave me goosebumps, they don't do that anymore 

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

That is about the same time you spent outside in the last games wasn't it? It might have been more but it sure wasn't as long as you spent inside.

I also kinda feel I am one of the few people who actually liked the Sci-Fi, historic fiction blend. I thought it was all medieval stuff when I started playing the first one. Was a pleasant surprise. 

Still have no clue what the god people are all about though.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

After AC3 there shouldn't BE a modern setting. The story in this series has really gone into the gutter.

mrvicamrvic
mrvicamrvic

Aside from AC3 ending lousy and stupid (almost like ME3) there is one thing bugging me right now when I read articles about AC3's story.

An "employee of Abstergo" (just some guy who had a nicely written CV) will embark on a tale of swashbuckling adventure with Kenway (a mighty pirate) who "stumbles upon" the whole Assassin-Templar conflict. 

Glad to see all that DNA Syncing and the need for a descendant from Altair and the historical mystical layers in the AC story are out of the way so people can happily go and kill whales and sharks all the time merrily drinking their grog.

Alon5
Alon5

I know Ubisoft like to focus on the ancestors but I really want to know more about the present day after the end of AC3....

Butt_Chunx
Butt_Chunx

I don't understand why people bitch about the modern day events in the Assassin's Creed series, I personally found those modern characters and the modern story to be some of the best parts of the franchise. I guess people will never be happy and will always find something to complain about.

Breyant
Breyant

I guess I am the minority but the storyline outside of the animus has always been the most interesting part of AC to me, I'm glad to hear it's not gone entirely. I was getting a little concerned after AC3 ending and hearing literally nothing about it in AC4.

RadView
RadView

**SPOILER**

Is this game like a filler, similar to Brotherhood and Revelations ??

Since Desmond died in AC3.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

I understand how important the Modern setting is for the story arc of Assassins Creed, but I think after AC2 it became poorly implimented and boring. The problem is that they put it in from the beginning, when they could have set it up as a grand story arc running through history with out the modern bit where you just play people who got caught up in it (or culminating with a final game in modern times where everything is wrapped up).

That said, I know I will explore the modern sections of four to find all the secret bits, even if I'm there just for all the piraty/nautical action.

Garm31
Garm31

The next AC should be set in WW2. But for the love of god, take you time with it. Not another installment next year. The games just look rushed.

Shango4
Shango4

Look on the bright side.

Arcius_Azrael
Arcius_Azrael

@athrun07 MOSTLY, yes. He said that players are required to exit the Animus 5 times, each time 3-4 mins max. But the modern day content can be up to 3-5 hours if you so choose to explore it.

ducksayquack
ducksayquack

@AlexFili especially in AC3, there was no map or anything so it took me a while to find all those places where you put the cubes

ziproy
ziproy

@chieflion Agree wholeheartedly. After 2 they had to find a way to extend the story to explain why they'd be making a game once a year, and it suffered dearly for it.

kidtony6
kidtony6

@Dannystaples14 there were thre left but only minerva put things in motion so that desmond could free her

ziproy
ziproy

@mrvicamrvic They explain it in-game apparently. SPOILER: When they capture Desmond's father in three they somehow extract his genetic memory and save it.

If you beat the epilogue of 3 (I didn't only heard about it) you find out that you're playing as an employee of Abstergo.

I think it's a piss-poor explanation to, like you said to give people a reason to go back in time as a Desmond ancestor with Desmond being dead. None the less they do explain it

brxricano
brxricano

@mrvicamrvic Hey how else can you just chuck everything out the window every year and re-sell you the same game with a brand new character? Remember when it was about global mind control and templars and training Desmond to save the day as the series worked towards a modern day setting where he'd then collect artifacts and relics and ultimately take down the satellite and also look into the backgrounds of the other test subjects and Eden was supposed to mean something and banding the assassins together for a big showdown and epic epic epic and......whew, lord no lol. Not even Pepperidge Farm remembers, apparently. That would take a good writer anyway. Ditch that bullshit. Gotta get the actual premise out of the way first; give it that "Just Cause" feel. 

You: "Who's this guy? What am I doing here again?"

Ubi: "Ap-ap-ap-ap-ap-sh-sh-sh-sh-sh-shhhh......shhhh.....shhhhhhhh....just shut the fuck up and kill everybody. :) Next year you'll be a boring conquistador or an offensive slave trader, hows that sound hm?" *forehead kiss*

ducksayquack
ducksayquack

@Alon5 in present day there wont be any ancestor stuff because desmond is DEAD. you're gonna play as some abstergo employee who got to view desmond's dna memories because the animus 3.0 got hacked

foxrock66
foxrock66

@Alon5 Yes. Thank you. Present day has always been an awesome part of the series, I've never understood why people hate it so. Too many action junkies playing AC I guess? Would explain the dive the series has continued to take.

ziproy
ziproy

@Butt_Chunx What about that shallow assassin-Templar they introduce in 3?? He was in the game twice and the final battle with him was chasing him as he ran away from you spouting Russian. You didn't fight him, you chased him like he was a mouse

I was right there with you on the modern setting, I even kinda liked Brotherhood except for it's terrible ending. After that though they just lost their way

foxrock66
foxrock66

@Breyant Same. That's a big reason why I hated AC3. The way they chose to end it was lazy and made me feel like all the effort I had put into the series was wasted

Dbizzles
Dbizzles

AC 4 does not look rushed come on. and they have multiple studios working on each game, this one taking 2-3 years to make, same as AC3. i have no problem with that. i dont play COD but thats what they do as well. unless you are updating rosters for sports games, you cant make a new game every year

mrvicamrvic
mrvicamrvic

@ziproy @mrvicamrvic A fine looking young Abstergo female employee in fishnet stockings "extracts genetic memory" from Desmond's father and they use it to make a full grown tank-bred Desmond's half-brother who is actually the Abstergo employee in AC4. :)

kidtony6
kidtony6

@ziproy @Butt_Chunx read assassin's creed the chain and the fall its about daniel cross...the guy screaming in russian

RadView
RadView

@Master_Overlord

Dont worry I was just kidding about his death....or was I

foxrock66
foxrock66

@Dbizzles It does look rushed. BECAUSE of the multiple studios working on it. 

More is not always better

Joedgabe
Joedgabe

@Dbizzles they make COD every like 5 months... it doesn't take 3 years to develop.