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Assassin's Creed 4: next gen versions will get new connected features

"A solo experience that benefits from the presence of a huge community."

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag creative director Jean Guesdon has outlined how next generation console versions of the game will differ from their Xbox 360 and PS3 counterparts. As with next gen in general, it's all about that sweet, sweet connectivity.

"In addition to improved graphics and physic, Next Gen versions will bring to the players new connected features allowing them to feel that even if they remain 'Single Player' it will be better to be a 'Single Connected Player'," Guesdon observed in a Q&A picked up by AllGamesBeta. "I mean, that Next Gen Consoles will allow players to have a solo experience that [benefits from] the presence of a huge community."


Black Flag is being developed by no less than eight Ubisoft studios. Guesdon discussed the partnership elsewhere in the Q&A. "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," he added. "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."

To the best of our knowledge, the game runs on a tailored version of the publisher's in-house Anvil Next engine - as the name suggests, it's been built with future hardware capabilities in mind.

"Ultimately my objective with ACIVBF is to provide a very good, polished and fun game that players will enjoy as much as we enjoy creating it," Guesdon summarised. "I would be thrilled to receive testimonies telling us that the way we're depicting this period in history helped some of our audience to realize what the Golden Age of Piracy was really like."

The game is out 1st November 2013, corroborating the widely held belief that Microsoft's next Xbox will see daylight this year. You can read more about it in our feature Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag - eight ways it's a totally different Creed.