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

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Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag's multiplayer won't feature naval battles, it has been confirmed.

Despite being a core component of the main single player, naval combat won't be available online, instead offering the land-based battles seen in previous Assassin's Creed games.

The first Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag images

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Naval exploration and combat will be a key part of Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag.



"It's a shame, we really wanted to bring naval combat to the game," lead content manager Carsten Myhill explained to Digital Spy.

"It's something that obviously everyone would love. It's not something we're able to deliver just yet. Multiplayer will be land-based, but it will definitely be pirate-themed and have that flavour at the time."

When asked what the barriers were to bringing it online, Myhill explained that naval combat as a whole is "not easy" to implement and so the decision was made to focus on delivering it for single player only.

"There's a reason why there aren't many fantastic naval experiences out there, why there aren't any pirate games of the ilk that we're producing," he said.

"If you wanted to take the Assassin's Creed 3 naval combat to a whole new level, as we're proposing and we're proving that we're doing, we need to put our focus into delivering that. That's the decision that we made."

> Our extensive first-look preview of Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag

Gallery: First images for Assassin's Creed 4 released:
Confirmed last week, Assassin's Creed 4 will be set in the Caribbean in 1715, with players taking control of Edward Kenway, the grandfather of Assassin's Creed 3 protagonist Connor Kenway.

Said to be the biggest Assassin's Creed game yet, it will feature 50 unique locations including the cities of Havana, Kingston and Nassau, as well as fishing villages, smugglers coves, plantations and jungles.

In a first for the series, players are able to explore underwater to search shipwrecks.

With Desmond's story concluded, the player themselves will assume the hero in the present day setting, working for Abstergo and researching Kenway's backstory.

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag will release November 1 in Europe and October 29 in North America on Xbox 360, PC, Wii U, the PS3 and PS4.

Both PlayStation platforms will also contain 60 minutes of exclusive content.

Watch the first trailers for Assassin's Creed 4 below:


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