Ubisoft explains why multiplayer naval battles won't be featured in ACIV

Assassin's Creed director says Ubisoft experimented with naval warfare multiplayer mode, but studio could not get it to "good enough level."

Ubisoft's upcoming action game Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag will not feature naval battles, though not for lack of trying.

Game director Ashraf Islamil explained to GameSpot that the studio attempted such a mode at the onset of development, but it never panned out.

"Naval multiplayer, unfortunately, we don't have it," Ismail said. "It's something we tried at the beginning, but we didn't feel we can get it to a good enough level for this iteration."

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag launches October 29 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii U. The PC version will follow at a later date, while the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 iterations will be launch titles for the next-generation machines.

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

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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soulfulDAGGER
soulfulDAGGER

I cannot wait for this game. Love all the AC games and atmosphere. Looks spectacular. To go exploring, reading all the history, and of course, further ridding Abstergo's early grip on world trade.

griffy2013
griffy2013

All the good stuff in games is still to come.  The titles just keep coming out, and are mainly graphical updates.

Dandyslayer13
Dandyslayer13

But its an assassination game! It won't be an assassination game with out naval battles!!!! I'M NOT BUYING THIS TILL NEXT YEAR WHEN 5&6 COMEOUT!!! BOYCOTT UBISOFT!!!

SalahDinThe2nD
SalahDinThe2nD

Or they want to keep it for next AC coming in 2014

uzdenus
uzdenus

For the sake of video gaming industry, this game (or one of the upcoming AC titles) should fail in terms of sales so that big publishers should reconsider their approach to sequels. I can see why it is safer and easier to stick with sequals and I'm somewhat ok with it as long  as the following titles come up with some innovative ideas, offering a fresh gameplay and atmosphere while keeping the aspects that made the series so popular. HOWEVER AC series has turned into a JOKE. I can hardly call Black Flag as the new installment in series, it's almost like a texture pack replacing the old game worlds with same gameplay mechanics. Nothing ever feels new about AC games anymore. Same gameplay/combat/mission/pointless grinding with different time/location settings. This is a joke. And it's not funny. How about taking some time to actually develop a "true" sequel? something that would feel evolutionary if not revolutionary. How about making people actually plan for the assassinations, better combat mechanics, better exploration opportunities? How about feeling excited before making a jump? This game should sacrifice itself so that the industry should see that such sequels are doomed unless they come up with a brightened, idealist approach. Not that i have any hope tough.

fuiseh
fuiseh

This 60$, single playthrough game with probably all too familiar gameplay is about pirates. Guess I'll be one too.

yarr

Gam3r0uTLaWz
Gam3r0uTLaWz

It's something we tried at the beginning, but we didn't feel we can get it to a good enough level for this iteration."


I dont see AC as a pirate game for the next 2-3 titles (if they do make those) so then when will it be the right time? Its now or never, stop treating this as a cash-cow,grow some proffesionalism,delay your game and make it worth the 60$ instead of another 1 playthrough that forever sits on your shelves after. Theres no pirate-themed naval war games and this title has everything in it to add one. For once a game woulnt suffer from a tacked on mundane rehashed MP with 4-5 maps and guns

Graduk
Graduk

What? So delay the release until you get it working.. Grow some balls, ubi.

soulfulDAGGER
soulfulDAGGER

Would love to see a full game made instead. In the likes of Silent Hunter 3 (PC). Silent Hunter 4 was great and 5 wasn't too bad either imo. There really isn't any decent naval battle games set during the 1700's. The whole thing is probably time, they just don't have enough of it to incorporate multi player aspect in AC IV.

TerminalError
TerminalError

The thing is, they COULD get it good enough, if they decided to now throw out a new game ever year! How about take a break, work on something BETTER for a couple of years and overall produce a better game!

AC3 on the pc was an absolute nightmare. Never had a game run so awfully!

Mariner32
Mariner32

That's really the only thing I wanted out of ACIV and they couldn't figure it out, eh? Oh well, I'm sure I'll enjoy the game regardless.

DARKKNIGHTPRABZ
DARKKNIGHTPRABZ

this is one the AC games that i will miss out until maybe 2014 . 


Too much good stuff comming in later thsi year.

TheDarkSpot
TheDarkSpot

You can get everything to good enough level, you shit. Just lose the time constraints and have some creativity.

Hiddai
Hiddai

i think that this game will be a fail compare to the previous ones

Heinpienaar123
Heinpienaar123

I stopped buying Assassins Creed at Revelations. They should start getting to the point

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Wawas20
Wawas20

ubi as long as u have it some day ill be happy. i guess this is up there with bf dino mode now

Redblaze27
Redblaze27

Try harder Ubisoft, maybe put the in another year of development to get it right.

Ayzed
Ayzed

Damn,I was hoping the nextgens would come out before this game so I don't have to wait longer then October 31 or whatever for PS4 AC4. but I bet I will.

Fursnake
Fursnake

If this is coming out for current gen systems and next gen, what is going to make the next-gen version stand out form the current gen version aside from "graphical fidelity" and "60 fps"?

MW2ismygame
MW2ismygame

THE ONE GAME WHERE IT MAKES SENSE !!!


ARRRRRRRRR!!!!!

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

Actually, there are simply too many elements that are too difficult to make translate to MP. For one, the whether and waves need to be the same in all players at the same time, among other aspects. That would take too much effort to make. Not saying they are lazy, just that it would also take the whole AC team to make the mode. Like the SP and MP teams, and then some, to get it working.

MateykoSlam
MateykoSlam

what? that was the only thing i wanted not even the single player

DarthLod
DarthLod

Now, remove MP from AC completely and I will come back to the franchise.

deskp
deskp

I dont think it would be any fun for competative play. 

wepeel
wepeel

They definitely made the right call, AC was never a game about multiplayer anyway (just seemed slapped on in hindsight for no good reason), and to put a lot of people working on MP naval battles at the expense of everything else would be moronic.

LesserAngel
LesserAngel

AKA "We're too lazy to bother with it right now."

th1zdwk
th1zdwk

@Gam3r0uTLaWz I totally understand your sentiment. However, I have just realized that it's not really about professionalism, but rather the way games are published, financed, and scheduled. Like Aliens: Colonial Marines, there's a deadline. They tried and failed. In other words, as you have said, it's a wasted opportunity and the game has turned out to be just a cash-grab, single-play game. But with your idea of progress coming into mind (AC not having a pirate theme for long), I wonder what AC would look like in the modern day setting. Thoughts, anyone?

Splincir
Splincir

@TerminalError hmmm, I never had an issue with AC3 on my PC. I guess maybe it was poorly optimized for a broader range of machines. I couldnt help but think as i played how flawless it ran and how much cleaner it looked than its console counterpart. 

Splincir
Splincir

@the_big_doggg This. They want to be able to say, see we listened and added that feature you all wanted so badly. (all while he rubs his hands together and laughs maniacally) 

TheDemox
TheDemox

@Heinpienaar123 The Desmond story ended with AC3, This is a new arc.  But asking them to end the series is like asking square to make a final final fantasy. 

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

@Fursnake They might include a couple of DLCs, but they aren't telling you that since they want you to buy the current gen version first.

mosterslayer22
mosterslayer22

@Fursnake Probably nothing, but there will be people who'll buy the ps4/Xb1 that don't own any current-gen consoles; they'll want it. And there will be people who'll wait to buy it just for the better graphics and framerate, because why not? They're the same price, and if you're getting a next-gen console anyway, it only makes sense; assuming they're patient enough.

NTenseify
NTenseify

@DiamondDM13 So push the date back and get it done, it's too soon anyway. This could be a deal breaker for me

Acillatem1993
Acillatem1993

@DarthLod That would be stupid, as MP is being handled by a completely different team and doesnt take away from the SP at all

ElFlechero
ElFlechero

@DarthLod Just don't play it...

I'm so sick of this moronic attitude from people.

Shanks_D_Chop
Shanks_D_Chop

@wepeel Agreed and I think they made the right call with being up-front and honest with fans as well as not shoe-horning in an element they weren't satisfied with for the sake of covering a base.

TerminalError
TerminalError

@Splincir @TerminalError No. It was not. I was trying to run it the other day with an i7 3770k @4.5ghz and a superclocked GTX 680..and it ran like crap. The Single player anyway. 

For some reason the multiplayer looks totally different and runs perfectly..not that im actually interested in that part!

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

@NTenseify @DiamondDM13 Well, not gonna happen. They are already working on ACIV, V and VI. If they were to do this, they would need all the teams to drop those and make this. And tell me, you really think they will do this?

Ayzed
Ayzed

@ElFlechero @DarthLod wouldn't it be a better game though id SP got ALL the attention from the makers and boring, unessecary MP got done away with completely?

wepeel
wepeel

@ElFlechero @DarthLod If only it were that easy I would have no problems with it. The issue is that games that get hung up on their multiplayer modes tend to lose out on other values. This is especially frustrating when it makes a game series go from a solid single player storyline and little or no MP to sequels that are almost exclusively about MP, with a short, token single player campaign thrown in like an afterthought. Assassin's Creed started out as a single player game, and I for one would like to see all the focus stay there.

streamline
streamline

@ElFlechero @DarthLod DarrhLod is probably trying to say that he rather wants Ubisoft to focus on making a better single-player game instead of spending resources on multi-player. I used to love the series, but it seems like it has gotten worse after the introduction of multi-player, but I don't know if that's the reason or just coincidence.

Mariner32
Mariner32

@Ayzed @ElFlechero @DarthLod But, like all things here, that's merely opinion. Personally, I enjoy the multiplayer and have yet to see concrete evidence showing that its inclusion has had a detrimental effect on the single-player experience.

streamline
streamline

@Mariner32 Hence why I said "...but I don't know if that's the reason or just coincidence." I am thinking more along the lines of, Ubisoft has a fixed budget and it could be better spent than on multi-player. For AC3, they could've spent more money on the story and for Revelations, they could've improved the den defense thing.

Mariner32
Mariner32

@streamline Correlation doesn't necessarily equal causation. And, at least for ACIII, multiplayer was being handled by the Revelations team and therefore didn't take anything away from single-player development.