Ubisoft has officially announced the first details about Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. The main protagonist is Edward Kenway, the father of Haytham Kenway from the previous game, who leaves the navy to become a pirate and winds up in a battle between assassins and templars. A significant portion of the game will take place on the seas, as Edward starts out with a modest vessel and sets out for loot as he tries to upgrade to a more powerful ship. There will be roughly 50 locations to visit in this portion of the game.
There will also be plenty of action on solid ground as well, with three main hub-worlds to explore - Havana, Kingston, and Nassau.
Here's an excerpt from the press release:
The year is 1715. Pirates rule the Caribbean and have established their own lawless Republic. Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag introduces Edward Kenway, a brash rebel Pirate Assassin. His fight for glory has earned him the respect of legends like Blackbeard, but also drawn him into the ancient war between Assassins and Templars, a war that may destroy everything the pirates have built. Take part in an incredible and seamless adventure. Discover the most diverse Assassin’s Creed world ever created. From Kingston to Nassau, explore 50 unique locations where you can live the life of a pirate. Become one of the most feared pirates in the West Indies. Stand amongst legendary names as you establish a lawless Republic in the Bahamas and relive the truly explosive events that defined the Golden Age of Piracy.
The Wii U version is scheduled for release in North America on October 29th, and Europe on November 1st. Two trailers after the break.