Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag is a story of debauchery and absolution

Friday, 3rd May 2013 20:28 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag tells the tale of redemption amid a era filled with licentiousness, according to scriptwriter Darby McDevitt, which should shed some light on the wenchery we saw in the announcement trailer.

According to ans interview with McDevitt on Polygon, in the game, Edward Kenway and his wife have issues because of his penchant for a little ménage now and then, plus he’s a true pirate in the sense that he tends to be a “raucous and bawdy chap.”

However, despite all his flaws, he’s set out upon the high seas in order to become rich, and thus redeem himself in the eyes of his family and society. He better not catch syplllis then. That might piss the ole wifey off a bit.

“His primary motivation in Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag is to get rich and prove himself a ‘man of quality’ to his family and betters,” said McDevitt. “So there is a special woman in Edward’s life, but there are also other not-so-special women as well.”

Some of theses “not-so-special” women will come in handy for the pirate, because as an NPC, they can be directed to distract targets using the timeless art of seduction.

Such a scenario was also depicted in the announcement trailer.

“While this scene in the reveal trailer was clearly designed hint at the pirate lifestyle, there is a gameplay element here, to show that you can use certain NPC characters to more effectively achieve your goals,” said McDevitt. “You might have noticed that the woman [who was part of the earlier ménage] in the foreground seduced his target at the end of the trailer.”

As will all games in the series, everything is scripted – no choices in who you form bonds with – but it will still be more “open and free than ever before,” and Kenway will even run across famous pirates such as Anne Bonny.

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag is out on October on PC, PS3, Wii U, and Xbox 360.



  1. YoungZer0

    But does it include Dinosaurs that can shoot Lasers?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. monkeygourmet

    Avoiding the tricky subject of ‘raping and pillaging’….

    #2 2 years ago
  3. The_Red

    Yeah. It’s really funny. This and Pirates of the Caribbean films are making pirates look super fun. Of course those films are Disney products and can’t possibly think about ‘raping and pillaging’. Sadly, while AC4 is an M rated game (intended for 18+ audiences), they can’t do that either because it seems that even the mention of “rape” in games makes everyone lose their head and scream “GameZ are MisogyniSTttt!!!… Rampant sexism”

    (Now I’m not saying a lot of games are not sexist or misogynistic, I’m talking about such things being so much of a taboo that even their mentions is considered sexist, without proper analysis or waiting for the release in case of Tomb Raider reboot).

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Shinji10TH

    This means that this AC is following the latter installment in his CoD-like marketing strategy, more of the same (shit?)is better than something original and pertinent.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. TheWulf


    People don’t strike me as very intelligent when they say that, they really don’t. Yep, games and films are the same.

    Name one film which has graphic and interactive interpretations of rapism. I’ll wait here while you pull one out of your bloody arse, okay? Because there are none. We both know the reason why this isn’t a part of games, we both do. So let’s stop pretending to be so naive. Since I can’t actually think of you as being that dumb, you’re just pretending to whatever end.

    The reason this isn’t in games is simply because GAMES AREN’T MATURE ENOUGH TO HANDLE A TOPIC LIKE RAPE. Films always do it tactfully and cleverly, and they make sure it carries the right gravitas and emotion. A game can’t convey the same weight because then you’ll have puerile gamers bitching about how they’re being punished for their choices. Gamers want sex, violence, over-sexualised women, guns, steroid-pumped men with an average intellect lower than the bacteria in my mouth, and little more.

    If the mainstream were actually mature enough to tackle topics like this, then they’d be tackling topics like this. In general, games AND gamers have a hell of a lot of growing up to do before topics like rape are covered. Since the best we’d get right now are “Hurr Hurr Rape” scenes. Which will turn into endless Internet memes.

    And that’s just so fucking fantastic for rape victims, isn’t it?

    Let’s grow up a bit, first. Gamers on the Internet, gamers in real life, and games as a medium. Then we tackle genuinely important things like rape.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. YoungZer0

    @5: What an ignorant opinion to have.

    “Name one film which has graphic and interactive interpretations of rapism.”

    Okay, erm, name me an interactive film for that matter.

    Games can be/are mature enough. But the press and the gamers aren’t. Remember the controversy around Lara apparently getting raped? The outrage was in-fucking-sane. “No, this should never happen!” “This is sexist!” “This is misogynistic!” “They are destroying an icon!” “BLAH BLAH BLAH!”

    Whenever games try to tackle a tough subject, there are always people there, waiting to complain because they can’t deal with said subject. Never mind the fact that there was no rape scene in Tomb Raider, but the idea of it alone drove people insane. It was clear that they refused to even listen to the idea.

    Journalists are just to blame for this as gamers, if not more. The Walking Dead and Witcher 2 tackled the subject in a rather mature way and nobody noticed.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. viralshag

    @6, gamers love controversy…

    #7 2 years ago
  8. YoungZer0

    @7: I know, that fact makes me sad.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. monkeygourmet

    I think the real problem is, games have the lowest kind of age enforcement of any medium.

    Now im against most forms of censorship, but games can be purchased by ANYONE.

    Just boot up COD. 95% of people in a lobby are pre pubescent adults. were talking 9-10 year olds. COD is a 18 rated M title, this goes for most games that feature ‘mature’ themes, kids are all over them.

    I would LOVE to see activisions sales figures for COD if it was only allowed to publish players that were 18+. It would reduce the figures by half I bet, maybe even more.

    Reason I mention that is im sure most devs know that the average consumer of their product is 11 – 15 year old males, basically the videogame industry will never ‘grow up’ bearing that in mind.

    ….. Now i’ve made it look like I just want to see ‘rape’ in a game… o__O

    #9 2 years ago
  10. viralshag

    @9, stats show the average age of gamers is in the 30s… I really think you’re completely misjudging who actually buys games and plays them.

    The majority of loud crass trolling players might be young but in my experience 95% of the people in random CoD matches don’t even have their mic on…

    #10 2 years ago

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