Shiver our timbers! Kotaku has uploaded a poster for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, which shows a comic-book style naval assassin clashing with a couple scurvy-looking scalawags aboard a galleon.
This isn't the first indication of a pirate-centric entry in the historical assassination series--various rumors have swirled around the name Black Flag since Ubisoft revealed an all-new Assassin's Creed was coming in fiscal year 2014.
Ubisoft said the next game will mark a "new era" for the franchise, with a new hero, a new time period, and a new team of developers at work behind the scenes. If Black Flag is indeed the next title it would be at the very least a change in historical direction--the poster appears to depict the golden age of pirates, further back in time from Assassin's Creed III's revolutionary America setting.
Whatever excuse Ubisoft needs to add more delicious naval battles is A-OK with us.