Watch 13 minutes of Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag in action

Ubisoft keeps talking a big open-world game for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, but the publisher has finally put its money where its marketing is with this extended gameplay video.

Game director Ahsraf Ismail narrates thirteen minutes in which Captain Edward Kenway takes on a contract killing, chases down a target at sea, goes on a treasure hunt, and orders his crew to sing a shanty.

Seriously, collectible sea shanties? We'll take unlocking "Blow the Man Down" and "Fiddler's Green" over a bunch of damn white feathers any day. No offense, Petruccio.

Oh yeah, and seamlessly roving from naval battles to infiltrating Mayan ruins is pretty cool, too. Especially when every vantage point doubles as a fast-travel node. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag will release for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 on October 29 in the U.S. and November 1 in the U.K, and upon launch for PS4 and Xbox One.

Connor Sheridan

I got a BA in journalism from Central Michigan University - though the best education I received there was from CM Life, its student-run newspaper. Long before that, I started pursuing my degree in video games by bugging my older brother to let me play Zelda on the Super Nintendo. I've previously been a news intern for GameSpot, a news writer for CVG, and now I'm a staff writer here at GamesRadar.