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Assassin’s Creed 4 developer reveals the connected single player experience

by William Schwartz

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Ubisoft will be looking to take full advantage of next-gen hardware with Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag. The graphics will be there, the physics will be better, but Ubisoft is also banking on using the new connectivity features to make the single player experience more connected.

In a recent internal Q&A at Ubisoft that was uncovered by All Games Beta, Jean Guesdon explained the philosophy in designing for next-gen consoles.

“Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag will also be available on Next Gen consoles. In addition to improved graphics and physics, Next-gen versions will bring 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… I mean, that Next-Gen consoles will allow players to have a solo experience that benefit the presence of a huge community.”

The internal document didn’t provide any specific details about these connected single player experiences, or how they would impact the traditional Assassin’s Creed formula. Is Guesdon talking about the social features we saw at the PlayStation 4 event that said the console was capable of streaming games to other players and getting help from friends?

We’ll see soon enough. Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag is due out later this year on current and next-gen consoles.

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