VIDEO: How accurate is Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag to the Golden Age of Piracy?

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Anyone who’s visited this blog before knows I love pirates. Love the Assassin’s Creed series. Even made an Edward Kenway cosplay to boot. So obviously I was stoked when the Assassin’s Creed franchise decided to do a pirate-themed game. Obviously, the Assassins vs. Templar War that takes place in each of these games are a work of fiction, but how accurate is the game to the Golden Age of Piracy?

Dr. Bryan Glass, historian and teacher at the University of Texas, joins host Bob Whitaker for History Respawned, an online show that compares historical video games with what really happened. In this episode, they  go through some of ACIV’s game play and talk about what was really going on during this time, what Ubisoft gets right, and what they exaggerate for entertainment’s sake.

Some things they cover:

  • Nassau: the pirate’s nation
  • Naval battles
  • Democracy among the pirates

It’s a cool video and I agree with Dr. Glass in that it’s a great representation for the most part, and very useful for those of us that are more visual learners. I’ve probably saved a ton of screen-caps and renders of ships, cities, islands, and the like for my own reference. It’s not perfect, but it’s close enough to spur some creative juices.

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J.M. Aucoin

Author. Fencer. Sometimes actor. Full-time nerd. I write swashbucklers & historical adventure novels.

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