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Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag’s Lead Scriptwriter Outlines the Game’s Story

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag will set sail later this year, but we can at least twiddle our thumbs and turn our brains off in the meantime. Oh, you don’t want to do that? Alright, then let’s read up on what Darby McDevitt, Black Flag’s lead scriptwriter, has to say about the game’s story.

In an article on Polygon, McDevitt explains that the game’s sexually explicit motif, showcased in the trailer by a short scene featuring what looked to be a threesome with wenches, is “actually at the heart of the game’s narrative” and that Black Flag “will be the story of immorality and repentance.”

Kenway is a married man in the game, but has marriage trouble because of his pirate lifestyle and the existence of other women in his life.

According to McDevitt, “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 goes on to explain that one of the wenches in the threesome scene ended up seducing a target for Kenway, pointing to the fact that this example of infidelity is actually a gameplay element and serves the story. And while players are unable to choose what non-player characters Kenway can forge relationships with, he does confirm that Black Flag is “more open and free than ever before,” perhaps hinting at other player-driven choices that might exist in the game.

Let us know what you think of these story elements and watch out for Black Flag when it’s released on October 29th, 2013 for PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii U.

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