Dammit! I want to be a pirate-assassin too! It’s not fair I have to live this crappy life in the early 21st century… full of technology, medicine, and internet porn. I’d rather be like old Edward Kenway and live in a time of high seas adventure, poor dental hygiene, and treasure chest brimming with gold! Oh, and islands chuck full of naked island girls just waiting for a bearded European god to come a shore. Not that Ubisoft’s latest blockbusting Assassin’s Creed sequel is full of naked island girls. It’s not. It’s actually full of action, cool graphics and fantastic art! Stunning and beautiful 18th century, Caribbean Islands, pirate-assassin art! That’s right folks, this is an art book for The Art of Assassin’s Creed IV, Black Flag. Published by Titan Books, this 190 page volume of brilliant art and design where in “tales of mutiny, cruelty and debauchery become part of the color palette!” Check out the books official description:
The recently announced Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag sees a sea change for the game franchise with a harsh new setting in the Golden Age of pirates. With intricately detailed environments and finely honed and evocative historical re-imaginings, The Art of Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag includes the game’s vast nautical gameplay, and its amazing range of locations, characters and action.
The book really is pretty cool and gives a great look at the character design, landscapes, and ships that make the game great. According to the book, much of the look of the game is based on historical fashions and places. Not to say that they didn’t take some artistic and stylistic license with the looks of characters and ships, but it’s at least a deviation away from the “Disney” like idea of pirates that dominate popular culture right now. I personally enjoyed the many pages about ships, battles, and (of course) ship battles! C’mon, I’m a dude. I love seeing two pirate ships hurling cannon balls at each other!
Below I’ve posted a few images from the book. Unfortunately my scanner is still defunct so I had to pull all the images from the Web. However, they are all from The Art of Assassin’s Creed IV and (like always) just the tip of the ice berg. For a better look at the book you can find it in all major book stores or at Titan Books online store!