*WARNING* Assassin’s Creed 3 spoilers ahead!
As all Assassin’s Creed games, Assassin’s Creed 4 will have some modern-day game play that gamers will have to play through to advance in the main story. However, how much gamers play of it will depend on them. The majority of the activities available to gamers will be optional, game director Ashraf Ismail has revealed in a new Ubisoft blog post.
The present day game play has gamers hired by Abstergo Entertainment to do research on Edward Kenway, the game’s protagonist.
“In total, if you were to do everything in the present day – find everything, hack every computer, access every room – it’s a solid three to five hours,” Ismail said. “For the main path – the stuff you’re required to do – it’s somewhere between 20 and 25 minutes. You leave the Animus five times during the game’s main path and each time you’re there for about three to four minutes.
“We pretty much tried to boil it down to its most core essence because we know there are people out there who really don’t like the present day, and that’s okay. You don’t have to like it, but it’s part of the brand. For the people who like the present day and are big fans, we put in a lot of fan service and a lot of fun optional content. You get to choose if you want it or not.”
If you are interested in the other modern-day content, you will learn what happens to Desmond Miles after the events of Assassin’s Creed III.
“We used it as an opportunity to say goodbye to Desmond,” Ismail said. “There’s actually a lot of stuff linked to him that you find.”
He also mentions that AC4 will have the same type of supernatural moments the games have had in the past games in the series.
“We call those ‘What the F–k Moments.’ You can’t have an Assassin’s Creed game without a What the F–k Moment. It has to be in there. The First Civilization, Juno… all that is part of the brand and yes, there’s progression in it. It’s not just a nod that we make to it. It’s actually part of the meta story. You see what happens after Assassin’s Creed 3 – you see the ramifications of that, and we push it further.”