Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag will launch this fall for both current and next-gen systems, and it should be quite the rousing adventure.
The game's lead scriptwriter Darby McDevitt talked to Polygon about the story and environment we can expect in the latest AC entry.
As many have seen, there are some sexually explicit themes going on, and that's because, as McDevitt says, protagonist Edward Kenway is a "raucous and bawdy chap." He's married but that doesn't mean other women aren't involved. He's out to prove himself a "man of quality" and if other ladies like the infamous Anne Bonny cross his path, well, so be it. He uses his influence over the fairer sex by getting women to seduce and distract targets during gameplay; presumably, this will be similar to the Courtesans in past entries.
We see an example of that in the reveal trailer:
"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)."
As for the environment, we'll still have pre-scripted missions so you can't change those. However, McDevitt says the gameplay has been designed to be "more open and free than ever before," hinting that there may be some decision-making involved. As for the Templar angle, which is a staple of the franchise's ongoing plot, McDevitt didn't say much. We just know the Templars will be comprised of a "diverse cast of characters from three different empires." Secrecy is expected.
As usual, any Assassin's Creed has the potential to be a masterpiece. We still think Ubisoft could've taken a year off, though.