As we are all aware, one of the most interesting takes on pirate adventures in video gaming is from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. However, something that you may not know as that the most recent large, swashbuckling adventure, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, was heavily influenced by it. In fact, Ubisoft designer Jean Guesdon said in a recent interview with EDGE that it was a inspiration that told them games like this could be successful.
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
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