Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag concerns itself with many a pirate in-game, but there’s also the modern-day content to consider when playing through the title. Assassin’s Creed director Ashraf Ismail says there’s up to five hours of present day content to satiate those players who love to explore, but those who prefer to get back to the action can breeze through the modern content in just over 20 minutes. If you’ve played through Assassin’s Creed III, the optional content will give you new information detailing what happened to a specific character, as you trawl through records in Abstergo Entertainment. You’ll find a snippet of Ismail’s comments below. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is released for Wii U in North America and Europe in late October and November.
“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.
“You have to hack computers and figure out how to access certain rooms and get through security. There is gameplay in just being able to access that stuff. When you access it, the content you find is a reward for us.”