Assassin’s Creed 4 stealth systems highlighted in dev walkthrough

Wednesday, 14th August 2013 00:26 GMT By Brenna Hillier

In seven minutes of gameplay footage, Ubisoft highlighted the improved stealth systems of Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag.

In the developer walkthrough, director Ashraf Ismail showed off a stealth-focused assassination mission. The developer said that improved access to rooftops is combined with the “strong stealth rules and mechanics our fans have been looking for” to make Edward a “true assassin”.

Edward is after a Templar’s arms dealer, but on the way he gets distracted by a cave, and uses a diver’s bell to look for treasures; accessing underwater caves means going in without weapons and tools, so stealth is imperative – at least until you steal a sword from a guard.

Our fearless captain finally makes it to a city, but quickly wanders off on a side-contract, which gives us a good look at rooftop free-running. Using eagle vision, Edwards spots multiple guards and uses stealth to take them out and make it easier to finish the mission undetected.

Finally, it’s time for the mission itself: the target is on a boat on the other side of a jungle. Edward uses the new blowdart weapon to send enemies into berserk mode, and utilises a new kind of hiding spot. The assassination itself goes off without a hitch.

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag is due on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 at the end of October in North America and in early November in Europe. It’s also coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One but these versions have not been dated.



  1. YoungZer0

    “Havana was build with this in mind.”

    Yeah, you already said that.

    I’m just glad that they finally remember its roots. AC3 was a disaster, especially the parkour aspect suffered a lot. And opening the map doesn’t take a century anymore, yeay!

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Moonwalker1982

    Oh lord…..i’m sorry, aside from the environment, its the same old shit. Player assassinates dumb guard who goes to investigate, other dumb guard patiently waits until the player can stand up and then simply….pretty much kill him WAY too fucking easy. It has been like this with every AC. Don’t think i’m even gonna bother with AC anymore.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. mistermogul

    Not played an AC since Brotherhood so I’m ready to dive back in with this!

    New game for my PS4 I think!

    #3 1 year ago
  4. backup

    Ai looks Dumb and game is looking very easy

    just whistle and stupid Ai comes and we kill it yuck

    looks like game made for dumb PC gamers who played HL2 which has dumb AI

    #4 1 year ago
  5. budoshi

    The AI is still somewhat dumb, but the game got improvements and it’s how assassin’s creed should have been from day one.Stealth could be better, its not because now we can hide in corners its a big stealth game … and a CHOICE in the assassination…AC 1-2-3 was very generic ans linear in the way to approach and assassinate any targets and it was boring as hell.

    I once said i was done with this series, but since its in the Caribbean and we got to sail a boat and now you have a choice in the way you want to make your assassination …damn i gonna have to try it.

    #5 1 year ago

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