Ubisoft has ruled out multiplayer naval battles in Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag.
Speaking to CVG, lead content manager Carsten Myhill said that although multiplayer will be a big part of the Assassin's Creed 4 experience, ship versus ship battles on the high seas won't feature.
"We're going to be communicating big on multiplayer in the coming weeks," he said. "However, what I can say is that unfortunately we won't be doing naval multiplayer for Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag."
According to Myhill, the lack of multiplayer naval battles is down to Ubisoft's dedication to realising the vision of an open-world pirate experience.
"The reason for that is that we really wanted to take it to the next level for an open-world pirate experience, and all our effort has gone into that. Of course, it would be great, but sadly not."
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