The lights are on
We've known for a while that Assassin's Creed IV would contain scenes in the present day, but Ubisoft gave out some more details today via its blog. If you'd rather spend your time on the high seas as the pirate Edward Kenway, you can blast through the modern elements in as little as 20 to 25 minutes. If you'd rather take your time hacking computers, finding all the secrets, and investigating the Abstergo office fully, the experience can last a lot longer.
Ubisoft estimates that the modern content will take players between three and five hours to fully explore, and those that do will gain a greater understanding of why Kenway is the focus of this game. In addition, players will learn more about the fate of Desmond.
[Source: Ubi Blog]
Our TakeThis is a smart move that will be good for both casual and hardcore fans of the series. Those that want to focus on plundering and stabbing can speed through the modern elements at the bare minimum, while the more lore-minded fans of Assassin's Creed can really dig in deep. Both crowds are satisfied, and neither is impacted negatively with this approach.
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Gonna go for the lore on this one. I love killin' and shootin' as much as anyone, but I love the context more. The context in this case is story. Without the story... Edward is just a sociopath. With the story, we can at least see some of the detail behind it.
Glad they're making it optional, but I'll try exploring around a little anyway to see where the story's gone without Desmond.
I'm going to spend as much time in the present day i can.
I think this is a fantastic approach. It allows players to breeze through the modern day scenes or reward them for exploring them. I wish more franchises would allow players to skip more repetitive parts.
I would be spending twenty five minutes, I would rather sail the high seas and explore the world as much as I want. This game is going to look so beautiful.
I'm still on the fence on this franchise after the last few installments. That's just my opinion though.
I have to agree, that is a good idea. I personally wanted less of the modern day stuff and more of the past assassin stuff, but for those who like the modern day story, this can be good for them too. I like that they are catering to both crowds, because I know I'm not the only one who thinks that the modern day stuff is unnecessary, but I've also met plenty of people that still like it and want to learn more about the future characters and storyline.
I like it, that's a pretty good approach to an AC game.
Sweet. I'm a hardcore AC fan and I love the modern day/conspiracy theory story threads in the narrative. So I'll have sailing the seas on one side and uncovering politics and conspiracies on the other. I'll be a happy man!
modern day portions is what makes the games dumb i was never so glad to see Desmond die and now i guess you will be dingle-berry Desmond again which is why you can keep all your pirate booty i don`t want none.
Well hearing that it will be a way to find out about Desmond and such makes me actually care whereas in the past exploration in modern day has been useless and tedious.
At first glance I thought it said 5 minutes or 20 hours.