The scale, scope and breadth of new content in Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag earns the sequel the right to be a numbered entry in the franchise, an Ubisoft developer has said.
Speaking in an interview with CVG, lead content manager Carsten Myhill batted away the sentiment that - given the ostensible similarities with Assassin's Creed 3 - the sequel should have been a spin-off in the same vein as Brotherhood or Revelations.
The fourth chapter in Ubisoft's highly successful series casts players as notorious pirate Edward Kenway, the grandfather of Assassin's Creed 3 protagonist Connor, and promises players the ability to freely explore its West Indies setting.
"I don't think it is [similar] at all," Ubisoft's Myhill said. "It's a pirate setting, we have a very different hero with a completely different personality to Connor. He's a brash, boisterous, hard-drinking pirate.
"The whole feeling of the game is completely fresh and new. It will feel very different to Assassin's Creed 3. I think it completely warrants the Assassin's Creed 4 moniker, not only with the new name and setting, but the attitude and the tone of the experience."
The newly unveiled sequel is the first numbered title to carry a suffix, a decision which Myhill says was made to clearly distinguish the pirate theme from the rest of the franchise.
"We want to make it clear to fans, and those who haven't played Assassin's Creed before, that this is a pirate game. The 'Black Flag' is there, it says 'hey, this is the HD, open-world action adventure pirate game you've been waiting for'".
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