In the Golden Age of Piracy, you play as Edward Kenway; a brash chap who has left his mundane and dull life back in England to go and find the treasures he desires and to live a life of comfort and luxury where he is not governed by the rules of man or society. Along this journey, Edward finds himself unwittingly in a crucial position which pivots the war of Assassins and Templars in the islands of the Caribbean. A dashing pirate turned assassin, Kenway is perhaps the most reluctant of the Assassins in the series to join the noble cause but not without his own interests coming in as first priority; fortune and prosperity. This is the goal that the majority of your time will be devoted to.
In present day, you play the role of… you. In an interesting design choice, you are hired by Abstergo Entertainment Montreal (the modern day Templars) to enter one of many animus’ where you scour the memories of “Sample 17” for any usable data that can be used to create epic blockbuster movies. This is obviously a front to cover up Abstergo’s real intentions.
Veterans of the series will be pleased to know that a resolution of sorts comes to fruition after Assassin’s Creed 3 near apocalyptic ending and further plot developments appear to continue the present day scenario.