In the latest Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag video, Game Director Ashraf Ismail explores the open sea, showing off the game’s impressive naval experience. In this video the Jackdaw is on its way to Havana, but there are many things in the world to briefly draw our attention. No pirate’s journey would be complete without a treasure hunt, and as the video opens up Edward finds a map leading him toward a small island. Quickly jumping through the mission we locate the treasure, which turns out to be a blueprint to upgrade the Jackdaw. Before heading back to the ship Ismail takes us to a viewpoint on the island and explains that all viewpoints in the game are now fast-travel locations.
From there you enter into a naval battle, easily capturing the other ship. Once you have successfully taken an enemy ship, you can choose to recruit the crewmembers for the Jackdaw, salvage parts to repair your ship, or send the ship to Kenway’s fleet in the metagame. Ismail chooses to recruit the crewmembers and continues toward a fisherman village where a harbormaster builds the recently discovered upgrade. Edward is also upgradeable; hunting provides him with materials necessary to boost his armor and the number of weapons and pistols he can carry. The crafting system in Black Flag is similar to the one found in Far Cry 3.
Now back on the path to Havana, Edward and his crew must first take out a fort standing in the way. Using mortar shot, Kenway disables the fort’s defenses and makes quick work of its commander.
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