Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag Developer Says No Multiplayer Naval Battles – Again

Gamespot is reporting that Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag will not have multiplayer naval battles. Why? Because the developer, Ubisoft, could not get the battles up to a level of quality they were happy with. Fair enough, eh? Or not?

Game director Ashraf Islamil said they had tried to get multiplayer naval battles into Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag right from the early stages of development but “unfortunately, we don’t have it.” Naval battles will apparently be important in the game, but not in multiplayer mode.

Weirdly, Ubisoft also said this about Assassin’s Creed 3, so in effect they’ve been trying to get this one element of multiplayer right for around three years. Doesn’t bode well for Assassin’s Creed 5 does it?:

Plus, doesn’t it seem like Ubisoft is rushing the release of this one just to grab more money while they can? After all, it’s less than a year since the last game in the series came out.

Maybe if they’d spent a bit longer on actually developing the game instead of rushing it out to make more dough, the multiplayer naval battles might actually work? Now there’s a thought.

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag is set to release on October 29th for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and the Wii U. No word yet on the actual date for the PC version, but it will be later. It will also be coming out at launch for both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One.

Meanwhile, you can currently pre-order it on all major gaming sites so you will get it the minute it releases.

Michelle Topham