According to a report from Kotaku, Ubisoft is currently in the early days of spinning up a remake of Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, the fourth major Assassin’s Creed entry that many point to as a high for the series.
The outlet cites two anonymous sources familiar with the project in its report, which claim that the remake is still in the early stages of development and won’t be seen for at least a few years. It was also claimed that a team of developers within Ubisoft Singapore, which also happens to be the lead studio on Ubisoft’s still-at-large other pirate-themed game, Skull & Bones, is working on the remake.
Given that Skull & Bones reportedly originally formed out of a planned expansion for Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag and has, in the years since, seemingly begun to shift tact away from a through-and-through naval combat sim and toward something that almost resembles the open-world RPG trappings that the Assassin’s Creed series has become known for, it’ll be interesting to see if Ubisoft does in fact deliver two very similar pirate adventure titles within close proximity to each other. Or, perhaps, it folds them into one another. Or yet again pivots direction for Skull & Bones.
At a time where Ubisoft is busy taking the series back to its roots with Assassin’s Creed Mirage, which eschews the modern action RPG template of the last three major titles and puts the focus back on a smaller, urban map and detailed stealth and parkour mechanics, it would certainly make sense for it to be looking toward one of its most loved entries in Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag to recapture some of that decade-old magic.