Development of Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag Inspired By The Wind Waker

Colonel-MajoraFebruary 17th, 2014 by Colonel-Majora

assassins_creed_4_black_flag_game-wide Ubisoft Montreal’s Jean Guesdon, Brand Content Manager of the Assassin’s Creed series, was in a interview with EDGE about the development of the latest series installment, Black Flag. In the interview, EDGE mentioned how much they loved sailing and exploring in The Wind Waker, and when asked how it helped to “inform Black Flag’s design”, Guesdon gave an interesting response.

Read the full quote after the jump.

“We had several games like that as references. So, yes, [The] Wind Waker was one of them. Sid Meier’s Pirates! was another. They were really interesting, because they were successful naval games, which is pretty hard to achieve, and we quickly came to understand why. It’s hard to do. How do you keep sailing interesting and not boring? Especially in our case, because we wanted to keep the [Assassin's Creed] style of being realistic, so we had a lot of challenges. [The] Wind Waker is probably closer to our game than Pirates!, but the opportunity to use fantasy elements that pop up in front of the player was something we couldn’t use. Those games were inspirational in terms of knowing a good pirate game was feasible and [they] helped us identify the areas where we needed to focus.” – Jean Guesdon

It is interesting how Guesdon used the question, “how do you keep sailing interesting and not boring?”, while The Wind Waker is likely most criticized for its sailing mechanics. It is certainly good to see developers looking into different companies’ work to find things gamers respond well to.

Do you think there are any other Zelda mechanics the Assassin’s Creed franchise could draw inspiration from? Leave a comment!

Source: EDGE

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  • LordGanonKiller

    I really liked this article! I knew the whole time that it was inspired by The wind waker!

    • http://gamextc.us/ XTC

      Shorty but a goodie!

    • http://lwiis64.deviantart.com/ L.A.C.

      Me too. It does has things that made you think it was in fact inspired by Wind Waker.

  • http://gamextc.us/ XTC

    Interesting considering that WW’s sailing was criticized to no end. Haha

  • Zachary Morris

    I can’t believe they didn’t give Sly 3 any credit. The original Assassin’s Creed series is BASED off of the Sly Series!!

    • Julian Delarosa

      good to know i wasn’t the only one who remembered that ;) Sly trilogy was awesome

      • Zachary Morris

        I’m ecstatic about the movie.

    • LordSlayaton

      I thought it was based from Prince of Persia.

  • LinktIn

    WW and AC4.. suuuch good games.

  • matt schweiss

    Thats awesome. Its good to know that really popular games like that draw inspiration from zelda

    • True

      I know, also this probably isn’t the place to say this….but how cool would it be if link could use a fire spell like in Skyrim :D

      • Horayn

        I haven’t extensively played skyrim so this is probably a stupid reaction but din’s fire?

        • True

          Thats okay honestly I’ve only played through like 5 or 7 levels :3 The fire spell is basically like it comes out of your hand-for as long as you want it to-, this is a pretty bad explanation sorry….

          • LordSlayaton

            That would be dins fire.

  • The Legend of Link

    Zelda and Assassin’s Creed are two of my favorite three game series; the other being Pokemon. It is really cool to know that AC4 was inspired by Zelda.

  • OcarinaPlayerOfTime

    Assassins Creed is a great series, and I absolutely love Zelda, so this article just kept me smiling. I always thought Wind Waker when I heard the announcment for this game back in April, so hey, coincidence much?

    • LordSlayaton

      Not coincidence, just because it was so obvious. Also, cool new custom avatar.

      • OcarinaPlayerOfTime

        Thanks, made it myself :3

  • TheMightyDekuWarrior

    I’d like to see two games like this spawn off a spinoff… Oh wait, Hyrule Warriors.

    • Hero of Time

      I can’t wait for that game!

      • TheMightyDekuWarrior

        I have to get a Wii U before it releases. I’ve got more than a reason to get one for 2014.

        • StationaryBomb

          IDK if Target is still doing the WWHD $250 deal but that was a major discount concerning the original base price was $350, the game at $60, special designs and etc. Overall its like a $500 thing for only $250. 50% off :) If you are going to get a Wii U get the WWHD pack. Even though the WiiU was kind of a bomb they have great games and in the end your forced to buy it if you want to play a new game. A monopoly really.

          • TheMightyDekuWarrior

            I was going to get one at the time, but I had no money… I’ve gotta do some work this Spring and Summer for it, there’s no missing out on Hyrule Warriors!

    • Hero of Time

      Well, it depends how the game is.

  • UltimateTankOP

    And to think when WW was first announced, professional reviewers called it “animated C-quality Disney garbage”.

    • Hero of Scotland

      You can’t spell ignorant without IG- wait a minute…

    • Speck

      That just insulted Zelda and Disney. Both considered by many to be the best at what they do. I do not understand this?!

  • Kasey Piland

    This isn’t news, but its cool to see my 2nd favorite series be inspired by my favorite series :)

  • Hero of Time

    Completely off topic but, this is my 100th comment! (well on this account anyway).

    • True

      Yayyyyyy this is my *checks* 15th! :D

      • TheMightyDekuWarrior

        This is my 2602′nd!

        • LordSlayaton

          Combining both my accounts of this same name, about 3100

          • Shootdatrupee!…

            Argh stop you people are making me feel irrelevant…

          • LordSlayaton

            Your still relevant, and as known as the rest of us (except me, I’m very famed on other sites), you just don’t comment as much.

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            your famed on other sites? doubt it

          • LordSlayaton

            It’s true. I’m well known and in some cases well hated.

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            oh, I thought you meant that you were liked a lot on other sites, funny…

          • LordSlayaton

            Lol!!! Well on a few im liked, more are mixed, and some are hated.

          • YoshiFan101

            hey, I have more comments than Shootdatrupee!… but that isn’t really a accomplishment

          • Shootdatrupee!…

            Must

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          • YoshiFan101

            I’m sorry I didn’t mean it in that way!!

          • YoshiFan101

            no, don’t!

        • StationaryBomb

          278th Hell yeah :D

    • http://medlismessages.blogspot.com/ Heroine of Time

      I find it silly that you would waste your 100th comment on something like this. Wouldn’t you rather say something relevant?

      • Hero of Time

        I couldn’t think of anything to say. :P

    • YoshiFan101

      this is my, 429th! wahoo…

      • Speck

        ‘Tis my 33rd.

    • YoshiFan101

      oh, and, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!

    • Speck

      Hooray!

  • Hero of winds

    For the game they should really have something inspired by TP or MM because those are the darkest zelda games and it would go good with assains creed

    • Tovah

      That would be awesome, they could use the plague as a dark element in the game, with rats and sickness everywhere and maybe the death of one or several important characters.

  • Link58

    I couldn’t have said it better myself.

  • Rito_Postman

    I’ve just finished playing Assassin’s Creed 3 on Wii U and have been thinking about how it compares to the Zelda series. I think Legend of Zelda games have a much warmer and compelling core and more comprehensive story line. I loved AC 3 and it was awesome – but being a seasoned Zelda geek, there were some things I missed. Have to say though – the naval missions in AC 3 were more fun than sailing in Wind Waker… Hopefully the Swift Sail will sort that out when I get in.

  • NintendoGeek

    And they called Wind Waker cartoony at some point…

    • Shootdatrupee!…

      It is cartoony. But that’s not an insult, is it?

      • NintendoGeek

        I personally love the look, but I still know a lot of people that prefer the art style of Twilight Princess over everything. Something about it being “dark”. I found it dark… in the lighting…

        • It’s a me link

          I like wind wakers art style it’s the only zelda game that really made me smile and like link as more than a character because of all his little facial expressions

        • Ruby

          It’s possible to like both. I adore Twilight Princess but I also love Wind Waker. I think the art style of Twilight Princess is beautiful (despite the complaints I’ve heard from other people), but I also think Wind Waker is adorable and charming.

          Not to mention that Wind Waker isn’t childish in any sense. It has quite an adult storyline, if you ask me, so I don’t think it can be judged just by its “cartooniness”. And yes, I love the art style too ^^

          But, at the same time, I think Twilight Princess has a plenty adult storyline as well. A lot of people complain that the art style is the only dark thing about the game, but I think there’s plenty of “darkness” to be found in the storyline, if that’s what you’re looking for. :/

          So… before I get on a rant here, lol, i’ll finish up. Games really can’t be judged by physical appearance alone. And I love the art styles of both Twilight Princess and Wind Waker, personally.

    • Raven

      Uh-huh. And the game ends with a guy getting stabbed in the head,and a person dying. I don’t think cartoony covers Wind Waker

  • LordSlayaton

    I’ve known it the whole time. It was obvious. The best games are all inspired by LoZ masterpieces.

    • Tehlul

      Thats a bold, totally not objective statement.

    • Hero of Scotland

      Where’s the Zelda inspiration in Uncharted 2 and Ratchet and Clank 3?

      • LordSlayaton

        Not sure, I’ve never played either of those. I don’t even know anything about R&C except the names.

    • The Logic Breather

      Disclaimer: Zelda is one of my favorite game series second only to Paper Mario, but that is a little bold. Here are 10 of the most popular game series that were not inspired by Zelda: 10) Halo, 9) Mega Man, 8) Sonic The Hedgehog, 7) Borderlands, 6) Street Fighter, 5) Final Fantasy, 4) The Elder Scrolls, 3) Bioshock, 2) Mario 1) Pokemon

      • LordSlayaton

        Take FF and ES off that list. Especially ES.

        • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

          FF isn’t really inspired by Zelda

          • michkori

            Grave in Elfheim reads R.I.P. Link in the first Final Fantasy they then changed itto Elrich the hero from DW 1

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            its a reference, doesn’t mean its inspired from Zelda

          • LordSlayaton

            Somewhat. Not entirely and not that much, but a little bit.

        • sirwootalot

          Elder Scrolls wasn’t inspired by Zelda much if at all – it’s based on the GURPS pen and paper roleplaying system, and evolved from there. Fallout is another GURPS-based old school RPG.

          Final Fantasy definitely owes a lot to the first Zelda, as well as D+D.

          • LordSlayaton

            Actually, ES was.

          • The Logic Breather

            No, in fact Elder scrolls wasn’t originally going to be an RPG. It was going to be the player and a team of his fighters traveling Tamriel fighting other teams in level/arena style combat until they reached the Imperial City and fought the last team. Eventually it was decided to drop the arenas and use quests and dungeons. Did the Bethesda guys play Zelda? Probably. Who hasn’t? As for “inspiration” for Elder Scrolls on the other hand…. not so much. “Influenced” might be a better description.

          • LordSlayaton

            When ES became an RPG they looked to LoZ, a series that had already mastered the genre.

  • Tovah

    It’s pretty obvious that they drew inspiration from The Wind Waker, especially when you think of the underwater treasure you can find, I think that’s kind of Wind Waker-ish.

  • Pendio

    This “news” is probably about half a year old, but awesome nonetheless! ^^ Both games are absolutely terrific! :)

  • itsameluigi1290

    I read this article a LONNNNG time ago. I remember getting chewed out for saying I probably wouldn’t get it because there would be nudity (which there wasn’t IIRC, just partial nudity) or a lot of swearing or something. I have little siblings, and I don’t want them seeing that, geez. Anyway, it’s cool that the game was inspired by WW.

    • Tehlul

      Im sorry but, thats sorta lame.

      • itsameluigi1290

        So it’s lame that I don’t want my 11 year old sister and 9 year old brother exposed to a bunch of swearing and the like? I’m sorry, but I disagree.

        • Tehlul

          Its lame that thats the worse thing you fear from this game is dirty words when you practically spend the entire game finding brutal and violent ways to kill people.

          • kingepic2200

            on the rating it does say STRONG sexual contact so…. plus unfortintly most young kids now a days are already exposed to that violence like in COD. so now i must point out that if you think protecting your younger siblings is lame then just get out.

          • Tehlul

            This sounds like the same mindset of a fox news pundit. Kids cant tell the difference between a game and reality and will either say or do the things they experienced in the game.

          • The Random One

            Please dont bring politics into this. Its his belief. Its his choice. Its done. Move on.

          • It’s a me link

            You know what I hate this generation of gamers most of them just want to kill things with guns and knives
            When I was younger I was really popular because I was the only one who had a GameCube
            But now I mostly see people just talking about the best kill they had or something on cod
            That’s why I come on sites like this because it’s full of people who understand good and original video games. Like zelda

          • Tehlul

            Aren’t you edgy. Your probably one of those fans who thinks they’re superior because they play Zelda.

          • itsameluigi1290

            The violence I’m not too keen on them seeing either, dude, but considering you can turn off the blood, it isn’t as bad. And not just words, but actual nudity/sex.

          • The pirate Tetra

            Well I think its good he’s protecting his siblings from that cause its just inappropriate for them to see and hear stuff like that in a video game.

      • me

        signed in just to call you an idiot. Congrats, you’ve earned it.
        Don’t judge other people’s tastes, especially when they’re right.

        • Tehlul

          >Makes an account for the express purpose of calling someone an idiot
          >Backfires, ironically enough.

  • hollander

    It’s really cool to know that a lot of creators, of other video games,
    are inspired by zelda.

    • hero of time 20

      I completely agree. a lot of people think of Zelda as just a game. but some people don’t really realize that Zelda has left a huge impact on videogames as a whole.

      • hollander

        Yes, I’ve got a blind friend, who thinks zelda is nothing!

  • The Logic Breather

    ..

  • Jordan Apfelbeck

    Since when is this news? I swear we’ve known this since ages before AC4′s release.