Assassin’s Creed 4 is Really About Pirates
OXCGN gets it right with Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag
by Nicholas Laborde
©2013 Nicholas Laborde
Most of our most-viewed articles of all time are in some way connected to Assassin’s Creed.
Ever since 2007 when we began, David Hilton — OXCGN’s resident old person — has been been conjecturing and offering guesses as to where the next games in the series will go. Nearly every single time, has has been right.
With the most recent rumors circulating about Assassin’s Creed 4 (or whatever it will be called) being pirate-themed, we bring you the final piece of the puzzle.
The OXCGN Crystal Ball
Before we get in to that, I’ll quote this article to give you an idea of our credibility. Below, you’ll find David explaining his predictions, and you’ll even see one by me!
- In April 2009 I was the first on the net to identify in an article that Assassin’s Creed 2 was going to Sam Gimignano, Italy, ironically known as the Medieval Manhattan considering the last game’s location took place in New York. Look here.
- In November 2009 I made a series of predictions on where the series might go for Assassin’s Creed 3. One of those was Constantinople, which was the location for Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, though I got the time period wrong. Look here.
- I also suggested Rome, the setting of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, in 2009, but Ancient Rome. Look here.
- Not long after, I suggested the Spanish Reconquista in 2009, which was the location and time period used for the DS or iOS game Assassin’s Creed 2: Discovery. Look here.
- In 2009 I also suggested the Seven Year’s War, the setting for the beginning of Assassin’s Creed 3, but located at Quebec City (which was also under siege later during the American Revolution and in my opinion should have been a city in AC 3, as it is much more architecturally interesting to traverse and explore than New York was). Look here.
- My OXCGN associate, Nicholas Laborde, first published his solved clues in March 2011 (an entire year before the announcement, and before anyone else plausibly suggested it) from the Da Vinci Disappearance DLC (AC: Brotherhood) that Assassin’s Creed 3 would be set during the American Revolution and near New York. Look here.
Basically, a post on Kotaku showed an image from what appeared to be the back room of a game store, showing a poster that said Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. That picture is to the right.
This has fueled the speculation about the setting for Assassin’s Creed IV, but everyone lacks the final piece of the puzzle.
We say this as humbly as possible: we hold the keys to the future of Assassin’s Creed.
So, without further adieu…
Pirates. Yes, you already knew that. Why should you keep reading, then?
Because we at OXCGN can confidently corroborate and confirm this as the setting for the next Assassin’s Creed game, whether or not it will be called Assassin’s Creed 4.
We’ve been doing things like this for a while. Not long after I published my article nearly two years ago, we had good reason to believe we were on the right track.
The setting ended up being the American Revolution.
When we initially published our article guessing where Assassin’s Creed 4 would head, David Hilton gave an in-depth description of what his ideal setting would be, but also fired off a list of other possible time periods and settings.
After David published his ideas in November 2012, we had ‘clues’ that made us fairly confident that we “got it right again” but we weren’t certain which setting was the correct one of those suggested. Now we are.
The answer? Pirates! Cuba and the “golden age” of pirates, as seen below.
Cuba/ Pirate era: This is a great idea, especially with the success of the naval warfare element of Assassin’s Creed 3, but likely to be a new franchise, as Assassin’s Creed branched off of Prince of Persia.
For once, David guessed that it would be a new franchise, but it will actually be the next main Assassin’s Creed game!
Of the Caribbean?
We will continue to hunt down information as we find it, and present it to you in the best way possible.
Keep checking back to see what else we may have up our sleeve.
For now… are you ready, mateys? (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)