Assassin's Creed IV's Modern Day Sections Can Last Between 20 Minutes and 5 Hours
Written Tuesday, October 08, 2013 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
In an interview on the Ubisoft blog, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag's Game Director Ashraf Ismail has revealed some details on how the game's modern day sequences will play out, and how much or how little you'll need to visit these sections during the course of the story. Some of this might prove a bit SPOILERY, if you've yet to finish Assassin's Creed III.
"In total, if you were to do everything in the present day – find everything, hack every computer, access every room – it’s a solid three to five hours," said Ismail. "For the main path – the stuff you’re required to do – it’s somewhere between 20 and 25 minutes. You leave the Animus five times during the game’s main path and each time you’re there for about three to four minutes."
Ismail also noted that while some players don't like the present day bits in Assassin's Creed, it's part of the brand and seemingly here to stay. "We pretty much tried to boil it down to its most core essence because we know there are people out there who really don’t like the present day, and that’s okay. You don’t have to like it, but it’s part of the brand. For the people who like the present day and are big fans, we put in a lot of fan service and a lot of fun optional content. You get to choose if you want it or not."
During the present day sequences you'll play the role of an Abstergo employee in its offices, and you can learn more about Desmond's fate post-Assassin's Creed III while hacking computers and accessing other rooms by breaching Abstergo's security. Ismail also promises that Black Flag will still contain its fair share of "What the Fuck Moments" involving Juno, The First Civilisation et al.
"You can’t have an Assassin’s Creed game without a What the F–k Moment. It has to be in there. The First Civilization, Juno… all that is part of the brand and yes, there’s progression in it. It’s not just a nod that we make to it. It’s actually part of the meta story. You see what happens after Assassin’s Creed III – you see the ramifications of that, and we push it further," Ismail concluded.
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is out on October 29th in North America and November 1st in Europe for current-gen, and at launch for next-gen consoles.