Ubisoft, the renowned video game company, is allegedly working on an ambitious project to revive the iconic Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. This undertaking, still in its infancy, could reshape the gaming landscape in the years to come.
Ubisoft Singapore Leading the Charge on the Black Flag Remake
Kotaku reports that Ubisoft Singapore, a notable division of the company, is playing a significant role in the remake of this cherished 2013 game. This team’s expertise extends beyond merely refurbishing older games. They are also instrumental in the advancement of Assassin’s Creed’s marine technology, contributing significantly to the development of Skull and Bones, another Ubisoft project.
Kotaku’s insights, sourced from an internal Ubisoft email, hint at a heightened work tempo at the Singapore studio. Developers working on Skull and Bones are reportedly required to be physically present at the office, foregoing remote work. While the studio offers sustenance in the form of breakfast and dinner, the implication is clear: a push for extended hours to meet the impending closed beta deadline in late August.
Skull and Bones: A Catalyst for Change?
Simultaneously, the team developing Skull and Bones is contemplating a potential shift in game mechanics. This potential change could bring it closer to Black Flag’s gaming experience, incorporating cooperative exploration and hand-to-hand combat, as opposed to its current focus on resource collection and PvP naval conflicts.
A Closer Look at Skull and Bones’ Evolution
Ubisoft first unveiled Skull and Bones in 2017, and it’s had a tumultuous journey with multiple delays since then. Initially slated for release in November 2022, it was later postponed to March 2023. Currently, Skull and Bones’ release timeframe falls within the 2023-2024 fiscal year. The Ubisoft Forward 2023 showcase included a live sea shanty performance and announced the Skull and Bones closed beta period for August 25-28.
Ubisoft’s recent commitment to doubling down on its blockbuster franchises lends credence to the renewed focus on Assassin’s Creed.
Revisiting Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag initially launched in 2013 and gained wide acclaim. In our original review, we praised its immersive world, stating, “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag engrossed me for more hours than any other game in the series, despite its storyline not being the strongest. Throughout my extensive gameplay, I was never without a plethora of activities to engage in.”
In conclusion, the alleged remake of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, along with the evolution of Skull and Bones, highlights Ubisoft’s ongoing commitment to innovate and excite in the gaming realm. This focus on revisiting and enriching their established franchises could very well herald a new era of compelling, high-quality gaming experiences. Only time will tell what these endeavours will bring for the Assassin’s Creed series and beyond.
- Ubisoft’s Official Website (Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag page) – https://www.ubisoft.com/en-us/game/assassins-creed/black-flag
- Ubisoft’s Official Website (Skull and Bones page) – https://www.ubisoft.com/en-us/game/skull-and-bones
- Kotaku Article Ubisoft’s Official Blog – https://news.ubisoft.com/
- Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Review – www.ign.com /