Ubisoft: Assassin's Creed IV is like peanut butter and chocolate

Lead writer Darby McDevitt says though combination of pirates and Assassin's Creed may sound "weird," it ends up working without issue.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag writer Darby McDevitt has spoken out to assure gamers that though the combination of pirates and Assassin's Creed may sound outlandish, the two are in fact just as compatible as peanut butter and chocolate.

"Anyone who ever had a question about [this] combination…it's like peanut butter and chocolate: once you put it together, you're like 'this is correct even though it sounded weird from the beginning,'" McDevitt told GameSpot today.

McDevitt explained that Ubisoft conducted a great deal of research into the life and livelihood of pirates in an attempt to make sure the fiction presented in Black Flag is grounded in reality.

"This is a question we get [asked] a lot about: how do you mix pirates and assassins? And one of the things we found in the research is that even though pirates are known for attacking ships a lot, they actually attacked ground targets almost as often," McDevitt said.

The writer added that Ubisoft even brought on The Republic of Pirates author Colin Woodard as a historical researcher to help the company understand what a pirate may do. Though Woodard's book is full of interesting stories, McDevitt explained, some were left out of Black Flag, including a tactic where pirates would strip naked and attack enemies.

"His book talks a lot about how they like moor their ship and they sneak out on land and come around a navy encampment from all sides," McDevitt said. "And there's one even, an amazing story, where they took off all their clothes and attacked naked because the sight of all these grisly naked men just scared the crap out of the people being attacked and they ran off into the jungle."

"There are no naked attacks in our game," McDevitt said.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag launches October 29 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii U. The Xbox One and PS4 versions will be launch titles for those platforms, while the PC version will be released sometime after the current-generation iterations.

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

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YesSheWill
YesSheWill

Assassin's Creed 3 (AC3) was released less than a year ago, and there is already a sequel being released this winter.  Hmm...Should I go ahead and get AC3 or wait?

hadlee73
hadlee73

I feel like there should be a petition to put at least one naked attack into the game. They could make it similar to the naked stage in Kane & Lynch Dog Days, and put animus-style artifacts over the junk of the other pirates. lol

slainta
slainta

Peanut butter and chocolate. Perfected by Nutella. Since 1964.

THAT's the real stuff!! :)

antihero1946
antihero1946

Peanut butter and chocolate is disgusting. I'll still play this i just wont lick the disc i guess


StaticKornSlipX
StaticKornSlipX

Yeah, um, peanut butter and chocolate hook up all the time. No reason to get jelly.

gosushi
gosushi

I just read the "peanut butter and chocolate' part......sorry I'll go now :D

mickyfinn84
mickyfinn84

I haven't really enjoyed the last 2 games, but I've got this pre ordered anyway because of an online price error. I've got the Skull edition ordered for just £18, so even if it is just more of the same I'm sure I'll be able to sell it on for a little profit. I've been wanting a good pirate game for ages though, so hopefully this will be it.

hadlee73
hadlee73

I'm really looking forward to this specific Assassin's Creed game (this coming from someone who only really liked the second one) but I still can't help feeling how awesome this would have been if it had just been a new pirate swashbuckling IP, without all the assassin stuff thrown in.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

This game series lost it's appeal as soon as the focus wasn't on free-running.

The other parts of these games are ok to good at BEST.

I Just don't care about stupid outdated pirates, religious side story bullcrap, or this whole focus on "culture" they are trying to do.


Ubisoft. STFU. Make a giant city, and let me free-run in it.

Dredcrumb9
Dredcrumb9

Assassins Creed mixed with pirates is outlandish? That's like saying "I know putting raptors in a T rex movie is outlandish." This guy needs to lay off the diet soda. The aspartame is killing his brain cells.

Slyqc
Slyqc

I dont like cholate and peanut butter together. :(

Still getting this game. =)

wongph
wongph

getting pre-owned

isshiah
isshiah

Sounds fine to me, as long as the missions aren't as restrictive as the last 2 games in the series.

frylock1987
frylock1987

for me AC stopped being good right after II. Brotherhood and Revelations wasn't very fun for me. 3 was just god awfully boring. The only thing I enjoyed in 3 was just running around the woods killing bears and red coats. stopped doing missions because....where the fuck was Philadelphia?

SuperBigBoss100
SuperBigBoss100

Damn it! I'm allergic to peanuts. This game may swell my insides until I die.

brok
brok

It sure as hell makes a lot more sense as a setting than colonial America....

Warfighter_971
Warfighter_971

u don't have to go through the whole article....bcz the rest,U already knw tht....!!!!

Commissariot
Commissariot

What?! no naked pirate attacks!! damn, no reason to get this game now! :P

Its_MitchConnor
Its_MitchConnor

So the game gets stuck to the roof of your mouth and makes you pull weird faces while trying to prize it free with your tongue?... oh ok.

edinko
edinko

I wonder how bad it will be this time. Pirate or not there is a certain trend with games that are milked to death. FOr me AC3 was the low point. That was the first one I didn't even finish. It was unbearably boring and even more dumbed down. IT was like hold the stick forward or press 1 button to do all the acrobatic stuff. An illusion of gameplay where none was. I was holding the stick forward or pressing X while falling asleep

LAme as hell.

myungish
myungish

Or rushed + too many ideas from too many studios. I almost hope it isn't good so that they'll drop this whole annual release thing.

bandarman
bandarman

@YesSheWill AC3 is an awesome game, and you should totally give it a shot. Plus it progresses Desmond's storyline further with a lot of tid bits and info about the first civilisation. 

modestmouse44
modestmouse44

@hadlee73 Yes. Exactly. I'm playing 3 off and on now and while there is so much to love about it (the ship combat!), there are some big frustrations like the sci-fi aspects of the story which jerk you out of the period ambiance. And I know the Ubisoft loves their trademark hood and flowy robes but I'd just assume have the main character dressed in period-appropriate clothing. But that's just me.

ooblah
ooblah

@VenkmanPHD  

The free running has only improved since the first game.  Not sure what you're gripin' about.

Thatineguy2820
Thatineguy2820

This is stupid the focus of assassins creed has never been free running what are you talking about the assassins creed series is about historical events

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

@Dredcrumb9

I love to see that someone is taking note of Aspartame's wonderful side effects.

lomar07
lomar07

@isshiah The last one felt empty to me, then I realized they did it on purpose to suck you dry on DLCs.

Dredcrumb9
Dredcrumb9

@brok Colonial America made perfect sense, and Pirates were always around and so were assassins, even during colonial American times. I am not sure what Mcdevitt and you people are even getting at here.

mucking_foron
mucking_foron

@edinko Ac3 removed the alot from previous games and struggled to finish the game as well. I logged 70 hours, 30 of which I would refer to as actual gameplay. Also I had no idea what Ubi was thinking about when then included hunting. Use of firearms as well, imo was a huge fail!

PlasmaBeam44
PlasmaBeam44

@edinko How was the parkour dumbed down in AC3? All the other games had you pressing up on the stick and TWO buttons. They simplified the controls for the better. And I don't think you understand where the fun in the climbing was, AC is not a platformer.

isshiah
isshiah

@lomar07 @isshiah I haven't played the washington dlc yet, but I found the large world to be as sparse the the rest of series. The only difference is that the forrest and the cities are larger,  making it more obvious. But I still enjoy the relationships of the people on connor's estate. 

brok
brok

@Dredcrumb9 Considering Assassin's Creed gameplay always thrived in environments with dizzying architectural heights to climb, locations steeped in rich political pre-history, and environments where blades and swords ruled the day, Colonial America makes about as much sense as setting AC on the Moon.

edinko
edinko

@PlasmaBeam44 @edinko What? AC was definitely also an acrobatic games similar to prince of Persia. In AC3 it ws so dumbed dowb that I hadn't to to anything. It was on autopilot. Boring to death

mucking_foron
mucking_foron

@PlasmaBeam44 @edinko the timed double jump disappeared. There is no arguing the gameplay was simplfied and frustrating at times.

Warfighter_971
Warfighter_971

i stopped the series at AC2...then never tried again....bt i can remember tht i tried Revelations 6mnths back & decided to forget the series....Its barely a history lesson now...

robbiejones
robbiejones

@keeperdude07 @edinko  its a shame but I tried going bak into it last week and lasted bout 15 mins before I wanted to fall asleep. like cmon the mission structure is so lame!!! listening to conversations the hole time like damn!!! its pretty much all you do. they bought back a lame mechanic? from ac1 and used it heaps. its been awhile since I played ac2 and brohood but I remember enjoying the mission structure hell of a lot better and character wise was far more interesting, I didn't study any American history not been American and all so the game felt like it catered to americans more than any1 else

llsinister84ll
llsinister84ll

@leviathanwing @myungish well not everyone plays ac so its much easier to just be like forget aciv o n they will feel it to hahahaha cod not so much cuz mw3 midnight release was craaaaaaaaazy hahhaha the line was around the corner of the store definatly not doin that again gonna play some watch dogs drive club and gt6 an the division and destiny in actually hopin cod may not sell so well hahhahahha

edinko
edinko

@PlasmaBeam44 @edinko because now you really had to to nothing. its was not the same as the other games. more automatic and more boring

PlasmaBeam44
PlasmaBeam44

@edinko @PlasmaBeam44  The running was the exact same as the other games, but with less buttons to hold down. How is that dumbed down to auto pilot?

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

@keeperdude07 @keeperdude07 for some reason when I learn about American history,I don't feel as intelligent as I do when I learn about Roman History or even British history or any other history. People colonize a country , bully all the locals, kill tons of people, Unite as a nation , Some blond nutter decides Jesus came to America ,(that's just funny) Kill black people, start a civil war , all make up and be friends , create tons of megachains using overseas slavery (instead of local slavery, like clothing labels) and then make tons of junkfood induced products and worldwide stores like McDonalds. Turn the whole country into a giant MALL and then let government and industry poison the population, for the rest of time. Yay, ive learnt nothing. There is one interesting and intelligent thing the US has done, that's help in WW2 after being attacked in pearl harbour.

keeperdude07
keeperdude07

@robbiejones @keeperdude07 @edinko Well, being American myself, I can tell you that Ezio is a WAY more interesting character than... what's the guy's name in 3? He's just serious and quiet and boring. Ezio was charismatic and funny and charming. I actually cared what happened to him. Not so here. I've been taught American history so many freakin' times, the stuff set in other countries was far more interesting.