Assassin’s Creed 4′s hero is a “counterpoint” to AC3′s Connor

Tuesday, 9th July 2013 03:46 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Cynical, jaded pirate Edward Kenway of Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag is only in it for the wealth and power the assassin’s might bring him – a major sea change from Assassin’s Creed 3′s hero, Connor.

“Edward is almost a counterpoint to Connor in some ways,” lead writer Darby McDevitt told the Ubisoft Blog.

“Connor begins very idealistic and the experience he has through Assassin’s Creed 3 starts to make him really jaded. He’s doing all these things he believes are right and they don’t pay off in all the right ways.”

Meanwhile, Kenway joins the Assassins because he wants to become a rich, famous pirate captain, and believes the tools and techniques of the Brotherhood will help him.

“I started with a guy who was already jaded. He was cynical. He’s out for himself. He has this marriage that’s really rocky. He’s estranged from his wife. He wants to try to prove he’s a man worthy of her affection, so he goes to the West Indies to become a privateer, and that falls apart really fast and he falls into piracy,” McDevitt explained.

The Templars attempt to woo Kenway away, and he isn’t inetrested in obeying the Creed, but the Assassins stick by the captain as he comes to learn what’s important.

“He kind of bounces between the Assassins and Templars for a time, trying to find something that makes his life more meaningful,” McDevitt said.

“At first he has all these selfish goals but his experiences focus him on what is and isn’t important in life.”

The full blog goes into further detail on the new hero’s personality and story. Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag is due on PlayStation 3, Wii U and Xbox 360 at the end of October and early November, and is coming to PC shortly thereafter. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One release will follow.



  1. DeyDoDoughDontDeyDough

    Pedantic note: seachange or sea-change is a very gradual change over time. I don’t think that’s what you meant. ;)

    #1 1 year ago
  2. TheWulf

    Um… isn’t this what they said about Connor?

    A new and improved Assassin for your enjoyment! Forget those old paleotropes from the prior two games, they’re archaic! This new assassin is rich and deep, and so different!

    Yeeeah. It’s hard to take them seriously any more.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. YoungZer0

    So … he’s a human this time around?

    #3 1 year ago
  4. bradk825

    I have to admit, despite already playing 4 of them, I am excited for another Assassin’s Cree game. Not sure why this never gets old for me.

    Black Flag looks pretty good. I’m hoing for one of two things next time though, either further back in time again, like maybe another region of the world during Altair’s time, or a post AC3 modern world one.

    ***Possible vague spoiler alert for AC3**

    They could quite easily explain why the templars don’t have automatic weapons if they do a modernized one, if you have played AC3 to the end you’d know a lot of technology would be no more, and the setting would be probably a ruined cityscape. Overthrowing you-know-who (if you played it, I’m not giving it away just in case) would be the main story line. With enough assassins left over they would still be able to make some hidden blades and teach new recruits how to use them, and you have to believe in the new world the templars are trying to gain power and control. It would be neat.

    #4 1 year ago

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