Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag: Scriptwriter Explains The Sexual Seduction Gameplay

By Binu Paul , Updated May 06, 2013 10:23 AM EDT
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Ubisoft's upcoming pirate-themed sequel, Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag will be a serious affair with sexual immorality and repentance two of its key thematic motifs, says Darby McDevitt, the game's lead scriptwriter, according to a report.

The game's protagonist Edward Kenway is a married man whose strained relationship with his wife is punctuated by relationships with other women, McDevitt explains to Polygon.  "Edward Kenway is a raucous and bawdy chap, but he's also a married man, and one of his primary motivation in Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag is to get rich and prove himself a 'man of quality' to his family and betters. So there is a special woman in Edward's life, but there are also other not-so-special women as well," he states.

Some of these women will come as an advantage for the pirate because they will be used as female NPCs to seduce enemies.  Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag's first trailer did include such a scenario and McDevitt points to one of the women in the first trailer's threesome scene as an example. "While this scene in the reveal trailer was clearly designed hint at the pirate lifestyle, there is a gameplay element here, to show that you can use certain NPC characters to more effectively achieve your goals. You might have noticed that the woman in the foreground seduced his target at the end of the trailer (eagle-eyed fans have already pointed out that they are the same woman)," he explains.

The game is pre-scripted for dramatic effect, meaning players cannot chose who Kenway can have a relationship with in the main story.  However, McDevitt claims that gameplay has been designed to be "more open and free than ever before," hinting there would be more decision-making options in the game. While the protagonist's relation with his wife takes the central stage of the game, Kenway also has a number of significant relationships with a few other women including the infamous Anne Bonny.

The noted scriptwriter refused to disclose what exactly would be the role of the ever-present Templars in this version of the game, except that the Templar consortium would be made up of a "diverse" cast of characters from three different empires.

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag is all set to release on Oct. 29 on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U and Windows PC.

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