Yesterday on the PAX Prime main stage, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Director Ashraf Ismail fielded questions from fans on the
future direction of the Assassin's Creed series, the mysteries of
protagonist Edward Kenway, and the fate of Desmond
Miles--which may not be as cut and dried as once thought. Obviously, spoilers for Assassin's Creed III follow.
Joined by Charles Vane voice actor Ralph Ineson (of Game of
Thrones fame), Ismail emphasized that ACIV would focus on a new kind of
democracy—a pirate republic that, unlike the American Revolution, ended
in failure. "Quick-witted Welshman" Edward
Kenway also isn't a typical assassin, and isn't part of the Assassin
Brotherhood at the start of the game--Ismail remained tight-lipped about
just how Edward earns his hood, but promised a whirlwind ride.
The real surprises came in a brief discussion of bloodline
continuations, and, most importantly, Desmond Miles. "It was never a hard and fast rule
that we had to go forward," Ismail said on why ACIV takes place before
ACIII chronologically. He emphasized that there's an important reason Edward is being "researched" by the player, and
that even though Desmond Miles' story is officially over (which was
planned to happen when it did "since Assassin's Creed I"), his bloodline
will remain pivotal to upcoming games. In addition,
Ismail let slip that information about "Desmond's life after Assassin's
Creed III" would be revealed--making the seemingly clear ending of ACIII
quite a bit murkier.
Drink up me 'earties--Black Flag sets sail on October 29th in
North American, October 31st in Australia, and November 1st in Europe.