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Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag (ACIVBF) is a project developed by world-wide studios. Who leads the development and how do you coordinate within all these studios?

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Ubisoft Montreal is the lead studio for ACIVBF but it’s a real co-production with other studios (Ubisoft Singapore, Ubisoft Sofia, Ubisoft Québec for the Single Player and Ubisoft Annecy and Bucharest for the Multiplayer part).
We are extremely efficient with this kind of process now. Multiple studios have been involved in parallel on AC games starting since AC2. We’ve put in place a dedicated team to ensure the best possible communication with tools and processes to make sure that everybody knows what he has to deliver.

What is the story of Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag? Where does it take place?

ACIVBF tells the story of Edward Kenway, a young British man that left the navy to embrace piracy during the final decade of the Golden Age of Piracy in the West Indies (now known as the Caribbean). Edward will be thrown in the middle of the ancient war between Templars and Assassins. He will be trained by them and finally become the first Kenway member of the Assassin Order. He’s the father of Haytham, Connor is therefore Edward’s grandson

What are the forces at play? What is the Templar’s role in the story? The Assassins?

ACIVBF, like any other Assassin Game tells the secret story, the true story behind events of our history that shaped the world. Behind the War between English and Spanish, between Empires and Pirates there was also the secret war between Templars and Assassins. In ACIVBF Templars are looking for a mysterious place that, as rumors say, could give them a strong advantage against their eternal enemies, the Assassins, in order to achieve their goal of human domination. But Assassins are everywhere and they’ll carefully make sure that such a plan is not realized. Edward will be their more important asset to do so.

The Golden Age of Piracy and legendary pirates have been much fantasized in people’s mind by recent entertainment, How is this period treated in the game?

The Assassin Creed franchise has been praised for its efforts to depict history as realistically as it can be and ACIVBF will not change that. We feel that Assassin Creed is the perfect vehicle to tell the TRUE story of piracy, far from the “cliché” fantasy one. We have the ambition to respect that time period and its characters and show our audience what being a pirate meant. It wasn’t an amusement park, neither it was taking place under big dark grey clouds. It’s a story about men and women trying to survive far from their homeland in precarious conditions but full of hope in better tomorrows. Men and women that, for a certain time, and against Big Empires have bond together to create what they thought could become a distinct society.

For those who don’t really know what the Golden Age of Piracy is exactly, could you summarize the key historical episode quickly?

They are several major phases in piracy history but the Golden Age we’re depicting in the game spans approximately a decade, starting around 1715. These years followed the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713 that ended war between the main European powers (Spain, Great Britain, France, Portugal and Dutch Republic). At that moment, most sailors from these countries became unemployed and a lot of men preferred to become outlaws and PIRATES rather than staying under their respective crowns.
The Caribbean seas were navigated by massive galleons full of precious metals and goods; the weather was generally accommodating and even if live was hard these men were FREE. One major event occurred in 1715 with the massive wreckage of the Golden Fleet. Eleven galleons full of gold were smashed against the Florida coast by a Hurricane. This triggered a Gold Rush that brought many pirates to the region. They decided to establish their base in New Providence – Bahamas, better known today as Nassau. In Nassau they tried to create what could be seen as one of the first prototype of a democratic society with fewer distinctions based on race or sex.