Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag (2013)
"Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag" is the sixth major installment in the "Assassin's Creed" series, a sequel to 2012's "Assassin's Creed 3" modern story and a prequel to its historical storyline. The story is divided into two intertwined halves, with one in the present day, one in a historical setting, and the events of each influencing the other. Although the present-day story had previously established that an Animus was required to view one's ancestors memories, the ending of "Assassin's Creed 3" implies that Desmond's genetic memories have now been uploaded on to 'the cloud'. As such, the player's character is hired by Abstergo Entertainment to investigate a pivotal movement in Desmond's ancestry; the Assassin Edward Kenway. A notorious pirate and privateer operating during the Golden Age of Piracy, Kenway's story is set in the Caribbean, and mixes open-ended ship-based exploration with combat and land-based adventures on a number of Caribbean islands, as well as parts of southern Florida.
Samples taken from Desmond Miles' body in the moments after his death have enabled Abstergo Industries to continue to explore his genetic memories using the Animus' newfound cloud computing abilities. The unnamed player character is hired by Abstergo Entertainment to sift through the memories of Edward Kenway, an eighteenth-century pirate and the grandfather of Ratonhnhaké:ton. Ostensibly, this is to gather material for an Animus-powered interactive feature film, but in reality, Abstergo and the Templars are searching for the Observatory, a Precursor structure that allows the user to see through the eyes of a subject whose blood has been procured. As Kenway, the player must unravel a conspiracy between high-ranking Templars within the British, Spanish and French empires who, under the guise of cleaning up piracy in the Caribbean, have used their positions to locate the Sage - later identified as Bartholomew Roberts - who is the only man that can lead them to the Observatory, which they intend to use to spy on and blackmail world leaders. Kenway becomes an unwitting player in their plot when he kills a rogue Assassin planning to defect to the Templars and assumes his identity. His recklessness endangers the entire Assassins' Order, prompting him to pursue the Sage and the conspirators from the Yucatán Peninsula to Príncipe and the African coast.
Meanwhile, a band of notorious pirates - including Edward "Blackbeard" Thatch, Benjamin Hornigold and Charles Vane, among others - dream of a state where man is free to live beyond the reach of kings and rulers. Kenway is instrumental in realising this dream and a free "Pirate Republic" is established in the colony of Nassau. However, poor governance, a lack of an economy and an outbreak of disease bring the colony dangerously close to collapse. As the founders become deeply divided over every issue, Kenway tries to find a solution, but is too late to stop the Templars from taking advantage of the situation to consolidate their control over the Caribbean. ...
Did You Know? "Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag" is the first main series numbered title to carry a subtitle, a decision which Myhill says was made to clearly distinguish the pirate theme from the rest of the franchise. "Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag" (Original Game Soundtrack) was composed by American composer Brian Tyler, who also composed the soundtrack of the previous Ubisoft title "Far Cry 3."