Ubisoft survey hints at non-Assassin's-Creed pirate game

A survey from Ubisoft gauges interest in a pirate game similar to the elements in Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, but removed from the AC series.

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Another Ubisoft survey seems to be once again hinting at the future of Assassin's Creed games. Riding high from the release of Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, this one explores more pirating opportunities--including the possibility of removing the pirate aspect from Assassin's Creed altogether.

IGN reports that the fan survey asks if a pirate game should be its own franchise. It asks which aspects would be the most important: a customizable character, ship, and hideout, a revised economy, and more activities on land or at sea. It also gauges interest in cooperative and multiplayer naval missions, like sailing alongside or fighting against your friends.

Back on the issue of Assassin's Creed specifically, it asks if players would like to see a modern-day hero, along with which features are considered "must haves" for the next game. Those include options like a new historical setting, the ability to enter buildings seamlessly, more stealth, and the ability to influence the look of the city.

None of this is necessarily a signal for the next game, but Ubisoft surveys sometimes tip the company's hand. They outed Rayman Legends and the Assassin's Creed 3 setting. The most recent survey, conducted after Assassin's Creed 3, gauged interest in co-op play, but that feature only appeared in special multiplayer modes in AC4.

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    December 6, 2013 9:30 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Ubisoft survey hints at non-Assassin's-Creed pirate game.

    A survey from Ubisoft gauges interest in a pirate game similar to the elements in Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, but removed from the AC series.

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      December 6, 2013 9:54 AM

      I love (and still haven't finished) AC4, but I'm not sure another pirate game would be worth my time after how good this one has been. It would have to be substantially different to pique my interest.

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        December 6, 2013 10:43 AM

        Viable changes off the top of my head:

        Commanding multiple ships in combat
        Choosing to take direct control of different types of ships as your flagship
        Forcing target ships to surrender before boarding
        More sophisticated combat in general
        More trade goods to capture
        A substantial regional and global economy model (including the option to trade instead of raid)
        Settlement raids

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          December 6, 2013 1:47 PM

          These are all good ideas. I'd add:

          1) More sophisticated sailing. I'd like the option, at least, to make the sailing more sim-like.

          2) Being able to manage and build out your own plantation, control its production, and participate in the larger economy. You know, a little town building and trade simulation.

          3) It's cheesy, but I'd like to be able to court the governor's hot daughter, as in Pirates!

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            December 6, 2013 2:08 PM

            I think they'd also need to make things like raids be more RTS-like, or something other than "The captain jumps in the water, swims to the shore, and tears through a plantation like he's goddamn Rambo." I want to see my crew grow, get new shit, and come on raids with me.

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              December 6, 2013 2:48 PM

              Yeah, that too.

              There's plenty of stuff they can do if they no longer need to split focus between the on-foot Assassin gameplay and the pirate gameplay.

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              December 6, 2013 3:47 PM

              So you basically want AC the MMO?

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                December 6, 2013 4:04 PM

                I hope this is a joke and you don't actually think he means "raid" in the MMO sense.

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          December 6, 2013 5:06 PM

          They could move the series back to Europe. I loved the uncharted waters on the SNES and they were centered around Mediterranean

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      December 6, 2013 10:03 AM

      Which is what Black Flag should have been to begin with.

      If I'm going to have an awesome pirate game, I want a friggin pirate hat, not a hood!

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        December 6, 2013 10:06 AM

        I somehow unlocked Edward the Legend costume on uplay. You obtain a pirate hat and shit. It's awesome.

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        December 6, 2013 10:18 AM

        Pirate game with collectible hat system? Shut up and take my money!

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      December 6, 2013 10:22 AM

      sign me up! at this point the "AC" part of these games just feels tacked on anyway.

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      December 6, 2013 10:24 AM

      Constantly kept thinking whilst playing "this is Sid Meiers Pirates 2".

      And I was okay with that.

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      December 6, 2013 10:26 AM

      I'd be down for that. I have no interest in the AssCreed franchise, but from what I've seen of the tech on that game it looks amazing.

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      December 6, 2013 10:34 AM

      Not surprising. They could easily turn Black Flag into an independent franchise.

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      December 6, 2013 12:01 PM

      This kind of spinoff is what I was hoping for since I first saw the AC3 ship combat! This is great! I know this had to happen in an established franchise to ever have become reality but I'm super excited that they might break it off now that it's shown promise!

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      December 6, 2013 12:33 PM

      This is ok with me. The pirate stuff is excellent and if they expanded it in a stand alone game, that's just more awesome in my book.

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      December 6, 2013 12:40 PM

      AC4 needed more pirate stuff and less Assassin filler.

      Really enjoyed plundering the high seas but dreaded that next story mission where I had to tail some douche....AGAIN.

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      December 6, 2013 1:08 PM

      Why? The AC lore stuff in AssPirate is pretty minimal at this point anyways, so it feels more or less like a pirate game anyways. I'm having a great time with it, so I'll of course welcome more...

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        December 6, 2013 4:00 PM

        It's a smart move. It means we all benefit from more piratey goodness without them having to shoe horn boats in to future AC's or have another three AC's set in the same time period so they can keep the boats.

        I think they've realised that their best bet at keeping Assassins Creed fresh and appealing is to keep jumping to new time periods with every new release, and there's just now way they can keep this level of naval combat in while doing that.

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      December 6, 2013 1:29 PM

      upgrade from cd-r to dvd-r!