Find out about Desmond's life post-AC3 in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

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.


  • SPARTACUS - October 24, 2013 8:44 a.m.

    I don't understand why Ubisoft decided to just drop Desmond like they did. Every game has it's lead character. Batman wouldn't be batman if it was about someone other than Bruce Wayne. Superman wouldn't be the same is it was about Jimmy Olsen instead of Clark Kent. When I think about the AC series yeah it's mostly dealing with the ancestors but it's all wrapped around it's center - Desmond Miles. I actually hated the way AC3 ended. Why didn't Desmond's father take his place instead...he was a horrible father and that could have been one of the first and last times he could have done something fatherly for him...that could have been a great plot twist! I have been a fan of the AC series since the beginning and think me crazy but AC1 is still my all time favorite. Don't get me wrong, the others are fantastic but you can't beat a classic. I'm pre-ordering AC4 in hopes that this has been one huge mind f*** by Ubisoft because without Desmond it just isn't AC and for me it just won't be AC anymore and I'll be done with the whole series and probably sell the games back to Gamestop. Check yourself Ubisoft, before you wreck yourself! LOL
  • CitizenWolfie - September 2, 2013 8:23 a.m.

    I kinda wish they would just do away with the Animus/Desmond side of the story now. I'd much rather play a whole game set in the past and they could still write in how events will alter the future.
  • g1rldraco7 - August 31, 2013 11:22 p.m.

    Why explain what happened to Desmond? He won't appear in future games, but there are people who can't sleep until they know.
  • thinkerluchho - August 31, 2013 9:30 p.m.

    assassin's creed series are wonderful in terms of gameplay, but the animus story is really really stupid. i think it's about time for ubisoft to end this borrrring story and start a new franchise, maybe an open world prince of persia with chariots and stuff... BUT NO MAGIC i'm tired of magic in games
  • Mattdawarrior - August 31, 2013 5:22 p.m.

    The ultimate AC? One where you never have to leave the animus. Oh, hello, Revelations!
  • cedric-batiste - August 31, 2013 5:12 p.m.

    Who plays playstation
  • thespaceherpe - August 31, 2013 4:37 p.m.

    Fuck Desmond! I grew tired of him from game one and never cared about his part of the story. I love this series and even with the lackluster ACIII and knowing that the dick head creators hit on my girlfriend, an actor at the Boston Tea Party, when they came to Boston for research, I will still continue to buy them. That said, enough with Desmond's part of this series.
  • DeeEss - September 1, 2013 4:17 a.m.

    Yeah, I just don't care about Desmond and his timeline. For all I care, they could scrap the current day and animus stuff entirely.

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