Next-gen Assassin's Creed IV versions will have 'connected features'

On top of beefed-up graphics and physics, director says next-gen versions of upcoming action game will feature unspecified network-based features.

In addition to souped-up graphics and physics, the next-generation versions of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag will feature various "connected features," according to creative director Jean Guesdon (via CVG). The nature of these features remains vague.

"Next-gen versions will bring to the players new connected features allowing them to feel that even if they remain 'single player' it will be better to be a 'single connected player,'" Guesdon said. "I mean that next-gen consoles will allow players to have a solo experience that benefit the presence of a huge community."

The PlayStation 4 version of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is the only announced next-generation version thus far. Ubisoft has teased that the game will be released on "other" next-gen platforms, suggesting the title will come to Microsoft's still unannounced Xbox 720.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag will launch October 29 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PS4, PC, and Wii U. The PS4 version will receive "exclusive features." Its development is spread across eight Ubisoft studios: Montreal, Singapore, Sofia, Annecy, Kiev, Quebec, Bucharest, and Montpellier.

For more, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.

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Johny_47
Johny_47

Perhaps it'll have a leave message feature like on demon souls or dark souls(not sure which one) where you can leave a hint for someone that there's a certain danger up ahead or something.


Because the next Assassins game's set in pirate days I hope when you look at a message it's  got a different look depending on where you find it, like if your in an old cave it could look all worn out and a bit torn, like coffee and tea bags have stained it, I remember doing that for a school project once haha =P

Baelath
Baelath

I think the whole "connected" thing can be super cool, if done right. Like in Demon Soul's. The subtle interaction with people that isn't intrusive, but rather adds flavour, can be really cool in open world environments.

FarCry 3 was also an interesting example of trials and challenges that were with other players' scores. There are little naunces that I think open-world games like AC can really latch onto.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

As long as it doesn't intrude on my single-player experience, then I think I'll be okay with it. I guess we won't find out more about this feature until E3 or closer to the PS4 launch.

DarthLod
DarthLod

I am fed up with "being connected" in games. I want SINGLE PLAYER ONLY. Nothing but me and the game. Period. Enough is enough with multiplayer and "connectivity". This franchise has been utterly milked to death. I quit at Revelations. Give it a freakin rest for a few years. Good god....

jakerscythe
jakerscythe

Pffft! Take your "connected" stuff and shove it. Don't waste development time and money on such unnecessary features.

brain20035
brain20035

Thank God Ubi Shanghai isn't involved!! They develop the buggiest games!! Assassin's Creed 3 was the buggiest ac title ever and I also remember playing splinter cell double agent on my pc and the bsod just kept coming!!!

gtsnake6
gtsnake6

I don't think people are understanding the social networking aspect anymore. Social networking (in gaming) has evolved beyond Facebook and Twitter.

It's more about leveraging your social network IN your console. This was emphasized in the PS4 announcement. You can watch what friends are doing, have them provide in game help to you while you play, see their stats on comparative games, etc.

This is what real, gaming social networking is. Sure the facebook/twitter stuff is still around there, but the focus is enhancing your games with the friends you actually play them with.

I for one like this MUCH better than facebook/twitter. This is about finding more ways to interact with friends who actually play these games, not the random people who have nothing to do with em..

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

I really don't give a crap about any of this social media or community stuff.

The main reason I don't play online games is because of the online community! I haven't even touched the AC multiplayer.

Judging by the other responses, clearly nobody else cares that much. I honestly can't see why they think it's so important to the game that they felt it necessary to announce it this early in their marketing campaign (announce key features early, and the rest is just to generate hype closer to release).

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

I have yet to see a single game that uses truly optional connectivity to convince players to become connected instead of just shoving connectivity down their throats. Maybe Minecraft or LittleBigPlanet. I'll be more impressed if this connectivity is not always on and cannot be used as DRM for single player. A gilded cage is still a cage.

vforvitiello
vforvitiello

I WANT ASSASSINS VS. TEMPLARS MULTIPLAYER!!!! NOT A STUPID CLERK OR BUTCHER WITH A HIDDEN BLADE RUNNING AROUND A CROWD, AND PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH THE GAMEPLAY FOR MULTIPLAYER, THEY DO THIS IN EVERY UBISOFT GAME, THE MULTIPLAYER PHYSICS ARE ALWAYS DIFFERENT THAN THE CAMPAIGN'S, I HATE IT!! 

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

Are they trying to preach to those kids that walk on the streets with their heads deep in their iphones and tablets, like in the teen movies or playstation commercials? Are we really heading there? What is this? I don't even understand half of what this guy is saying; "a solo experience that benefit the presence of a huge community"? WHAT?

Saketume
Saketume

"will feature unspecified network-based features"

...and I'm suddenly way less interested in this game.

Incubus420
Incubus420

These features will be called "Watch Dogs."  In that creepy guys lispy voice who always does the preview of the game.  

SalahDinThe2nD
SalahDinThe2nD

Do they mean a connect world like demon souls or Co-op ?

Dredcrumb9
Dredcrumb9

I may pick this up used in a year, but till than I'll wait for the next  adventure as naked or Solid Snake.

firedrakes
firedrakes

this is ubi... they know how to do online......... uplay  anyone

firehawk998
firehawk998

I got a the strange feeling that the "CONNECT FEATURES" will be that the PS4 will announce to everyone on my friends list on how many people I just killed.

damiger
damiger

ugh with all the connection issues ac 3 has atm i sure hope they improve the next game

skeet1964
skeet1964

Something similar to Demon Souls and Dark Souls single player online connectivity?  If so, that would be fine.  I just don't want to be forced into some type of "social media" experience (looking at you Facebook and Twitter - GO AWAY!).

Alucard1475
Alucard1475

Something like an MMO chat for single player perhaps?

petez34
petez34

I sincerely hope CDProject red doesn't copy anything Ubisoft is doing here, just to placate the next gen consoles.

SandRunneR
SandRunneR

And the developers still keep sh*tting on customers. Nothing new.

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

@xsonicchaos He may mean something like TW: Shogun 2 where you can search for human players to take control of AI armies during single player campaign. Maybe some enemies can be controlled by other players to make it into a fighting game of sorts. Or maybe you can just get help with optional co-op. Whatever, as long as it's optional.

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

@Chico_Azteca Nope. Even if their goal is DRM, I am pretty sure the "word" they are searching for is not, hence the whole publicity about benefits of connectivity. :)

Anigmar
Anigmar

@firehawk998 Remember they specifically added a Share button to the pad, can't let it go unused. lol Seriously all these social networking crap into games is really annoying.

pozium
pozium

@firehawk998 or post on your twitter and facebook page how many trophies you just earned - that would be really silly

emptycow
emptycow

@Kenshin0011 SOUNDS LIKE SONY HOME THE BETTER online community

handofkain
handofkain

@petez34 I don't think so. They do care for their customers, unlike others who concentrate more on "milking the cow".

emptycow
emptycow

WIIU WORLD WIDE SALE NUMBERS LAST MONTH 120,992   PS3 SALES LAST MONTH  513,197    UMMMMMMMMM LMFAO YEA 

anduril1
anduril1

@nuno999 @brain20035 Assassin's Creed 3 was made primirily by Ubisoft Montreal....

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

@Unfallen_Satan  

AC's combat system is too broken to allow a player to take over an enemy. Neither would attack, they'd just stand there waiting to perform a counter-kill. First person to attack looses!

Also, this is "SINGLE player effecting the community".

Kenshin0011
Kenshin0011

@emptycow Comparing the sales of a recently released console (not even half year old) to one that's been out for over half a decade doesn't prove anything

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

@Unfallen_Satan

I wouldn't know. I haven't played the AC multiplayer. But I don't think they would make the singleplayer combat system like the MP, just so people have the OPTION of battling other players in SP.

 The combat system does still need reinventing though. Because in its current form, it sucks!

96augment
96augment

@HipHopBeats  @emptycow I know about emptycow's feelings about the Wii U. Hell, anyone who reads a damn Wii U article on Gamespot knows how emptycow feels about the Wii U. But there's no logical reason for him to mention it ON THIS ARTICLE. 

Mugzippit
Mugzippit

@emptycow The Wii U actually sold over 3 million systems between mid November to December 2012 which just happens to be well over 1.5 million systems a month for its first 1.5 months. the 2013 sales aren't as high due to everyone spending all their money after the holiday period and the current lack of Wii U games coming out. This is why there are big sales during the January period. its quite likely game retailers will sell the older gen consoles at a discounted price, increasing their sales, while not discounting the Wii U since its a new product.

emptycow
emptycow

@Kenshin0011 @emptycowYEA RIGHT  LOL  LOOK AT THE SALES OF THE WII  IS IT SELLING BETTER THEN THE PS3  NO    THE WII IS JUST AS OLD AS THE PS3 BUT THE PS3 IS SELLING WAY BETTER ALSO THE PSP IS OLDER THEN THE WIIU IS IT SELLING  BETTER THEN THE WIIU NO   THE POINT IS THE WIIU HAS NO DEMAND  THE PS3 BACK IN 2007  WAS SELLING 300.000 OR 400.000 A MONTH  THE WIIU CANT EVEN MAKE IT TO COULD NOT EVEN SELL 150.000 THIS MONTH

emptycow
emptycow

@Kenshin0011 @emptycow DONT TELL ME YOUR TRASH ABOUT WIIU BEING NEW THATS WHY ITS NOT SELLING  LMFAO  THE WII BACK IN 2006   AND 2007  WAS SELLING OVER 1 MILLION SYSTEMS A MONTH   THE WIIU IS SELLING LESS THEN  150.000 SYSTEMS A MONTH  FAIL FAIL FAIL