- Prepare for brutal naval combat – Fight in real-time naval battles and choose between cannons, mortar and swivel guns to destroy your enemies up close and from a distance. Upgrade your vessel with the massive bounty gathered from your prizes or collected from the many treasures you will find. Arm your ship with more cannons for your deck, a new rudder or better sails to take on bigger and more powerful enemies. And with each new crew member you recruit, you’ll acquire new perks to become a better captain!
- An epic quest for legendary treasure – Follow Alonzo Batilla as he rises through the ranks of the fearful pirates of the golden age. Embark on an adventure that will reveal the truth about La Buse’s mysterious treasure. Cross paths with the Templars and the Assassins as they struggle for supremacy and meet the famed figures of the era: Blackbeard, Bellamy and Hornigold. Enrich your journey with dozens of side missions, treasures quests, perks and achievements.
- Explore the immensity of the Caribbean – As in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, the Caribbean seas are your hunting grounds. Sail from harbor to harbor and explore a huge map featuring paradise islands, volcanic shores, mangroves and many more gorgeous landscapes.
- The new visual standard for mobile – Ubisoft Paris is developing a brand new mobile engine to bring groundbreaking 3D visuals to smartphones and tablets. As you sail those breathtaking moving waters and discover lush islands, keep a watchful eye for the wind cycle and changing weather conditions that will directly impact gameplay!
Now for the Digital Day’s Q&A
Are Assassin’s Creed: Pirates and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag linked?
The two storylines are not linked. Our idea was to enrich the universe of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, not to copy it. Our story is centered on the mystery of La Buse’s treasure, a mystery that hasn’t be solved to date and that’s not present in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. As you play, you will learn more about La Buse whereabouts while he was in the Caribbean.
Still, both games have the same universe: the Golden Age of piracy in the Caribbean during the 18th century. The story of Assassin’s Creed: Pirates starts just one year after the story of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. Also, you will cross the path of pirates present in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, such as Black Beard.
In Assassin’s Creed: Pirates, you play the memories of Alonzo Batilla, a young and ambitious pirate that knew La Buse and knew about his hidden treasure. Along the way he will confront the Templars, natural enemies of the pirates, as they are trying to find La Buse’s treasure. The interesting fact is that the cryptogram left by La Buse and that leads to his treasure was actually written in Templar alphabet.
Will some sequences happen in the present time?
No, all sequences will happen during Alonzo Batilla’s time in the Caribbean.
What kind of game is Assassin’s Creed: Pirates
Assassin’s Creed: Pirates is an Action/Adventure game. The action takes place during the real-time naval battles that are the core of our gameplay while the adventure is more centered on the exploration of the Caribbean. We also introduced some RPG elements; as you advance through the game and gain XP, you’ll be able to upgrade your ship and expand your crew.
The world of Assassin’s Creed: Pirates is made of multiple 20km² zones that you can roam freely. You can of course also easily go from one zone to another. So yes, Assassin’s Creed Pirates is an open-world game.
What is the engine used for this game?
We are using a brand new engine developed internally by Ubisoft specifically for mobile. This engine allows us to easily display groundbreaking visuals on mobile platforms. We think Assassin’s Creed: Pirates is a great example of this.
For how long has the game been in development and how many people are working on it?
The game has been in developments for 6 months and 40 people are currently working on it.
No, Assassin’s Creed: Pirates is developed at Ubisoft Paris with the help of our Craiova studios on the technical side. But, as for every Assassin’s Creed game, Ubisoft Montreal studio closely follows the project.
Is the game also a companion app for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag?
No it’s not, Assassin’s Creed: Pirates is a completely independent Assassin’s Creed game.
Where, when and at what price will the game be available?
The game will be available for high-end smartphones and tablets this fall. The price is not fixed yet but I can already tell you that it will be a premium game without IAP.
What do you mean by high-end smartphones and tablets?
We don’t want to downgrade the experience nor the ambition of the game in any way. That’s why the game will only be available to devices that can handle what we want to do in terms of graphics, fluidity and gameplay depth. But we don’t want to exclude players, so the game will be available to most of the current devices.
Will the game be supported post-launch?
Updates are already planned yes.