PAX Prime 2013: Looting and Plundering in ‘Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag’

I’m standing on the deck of a double-masted sailing ship, spinning the wheel and ordering the crew to unfurl our full sails so we can race across the waves in search of loot, plunder, and booty. Nearby, two ships are engaged in a duel of cannon fire, and a bell rings overhead to warn me that another ship has turned to pursue us. I need to drop the ship’s diving bell over the side of the ship near the wrecked hull of an unfortunate vessel so I can collect some of the rich stuff on the bottom of the ocean, but before I can do that, it’ll be smoke and swordplay. Except I’m actually in a hotel suite in Seattle, while a member of Ubisoft’s “Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag” team takes me through the paces, and tries to make sure that I don’t run my ship aground on a reef or careen into the wide of a man-of-war.

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