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.