Assassin's Creed 4 DLC: New Locations and AC5 Teases
AC4 DLC previewed and hints for an upcoming AC5 title
By Konstantinos Christakis
The new Assassin's Creed 4 DLC to the game, Freedom Cry is going to include new locations but also hints to a continuement to the storyline which could be, as speculated, AC5. Ubisoft has informed the public though that it will sadly not include a kraken, despite the DLC's developer Ubisoft Quebec initially considering the idea.
Freedom Cry focuses on first mate-turned-assassin Adéwalé, 15 years after the main game takes place. The storyline also goes back into the main AC4 lines by showing at least one previously-seen character and a "notable object", as creative director Wesley Pincombe explained. The add-on moves the action to Port-au-Prince, capital of modern day Haiti, which is an entirely new location for the game.
"You're going to a new setting with new crowd life," Pincombe said. "New enemies, new AI. Port-au-Prince is a French colony - there are no French colonies in Black Flag so that is all new."
The addition of new areas once again for the game is a continuement, one would say to the previously seen Assassin's Creed 3 DLC The Tyranny of King Washington, which repurposed that game's existing world with an alternate reality twist.
"The alternate universe was a great idea and each episode had its own set theme and abilities, but we wanted to focus on one DLC and put all of our content in there. We also wanted to give the player new locations. In King Washington we revisted locations - we changed the themes and settings - but we wanted to push it further."
Freedom Cry will also revisit a much player-favourited content, the Assassin's vs. Templars theme, Pincombe added, and then he spoke a bit more about the future of Assassin's Creed 4 hero Edward Kenway.
"This is primarily an Adéwalé story - Edward isn't present - but we do shoot a couple of lines back and forth with him reminiscing about his past."
Also included in Freedom Cry will be a few clues at the next main Assassin's Creed game - presumably out next November and titled with a the number five.
"There are some [hints] but our fans will only discover them in the future," Pincombe teased. "They're in your face, but you'd have to be a hardcore fan to understand them."
As hardcore fans seem to speculate all the time, keep an eye out for anything that has to do with the French Revolution/Japan/Victorian London/Egypt. Finally, something that won't be included in the game are any fantasy-imaginative creatures or things. Good example is the kraken that a lot of players have been asking for.
"I'm going to have to disappoint some people - no, we didn't put the kraken in," Pincombe sighs. "I'll even say it was part of our conception at one point. We were going to do some fantasy missions to do with piracy and the Caribbean at one point but we changed our direction in conception.
"We wanted to continue the story of Black Flag in the DLC. Aside from the fantasy stuff we were looking at different types of assassins - we were looking at Mary Reade and Duncan Walpole to figure out their origin stories but Adewalé really had a strong presence on screen."