Why Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag won't have multiplayer naval battles

By John Keefer, Jun 20, 2013 9:30am PDT

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag takes to the high seas to capitalize on one of the better aspects of Assassin's Creed 3, which was the naval battles. While this seems like it would be great for a multiplayer mode in the new game, don't count on it happening any time soon.

"Naval multiplayer, unfortunately, we don't have it," game director Ashraf Ismail told GameSpot. "It's something we tried at the beginning, but we didn't feel we can get it to a good enough level for this iteration."

Of course, that doesn't mean it could not be a DLC addition down the road if Ubisoft can get it "good enough," but that remains to be seen. The game will probably have some form of multiplayer, as that has been available in each Assassin's Creed game since Brotherhood launched in late 2010.

The game will be coming to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii U on October 26, and is a lunch title for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. However, PC players will not be able to get the game until a few weeks after the consoles.

Check out the narrated demo of the game from E3 below.

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