A new report from Kotaku has alleged Ubisoft is currently working on a remake of beloved Assassin’s Creed adventure, Black Flag – which has often been heralded as one of the best games in the long-running franchise.
Sources speaking to the website claim a fully-fledged Black Flag remake is in the ‘earliest stages’ of development at the company, with the team at Ubisoft Singapore leading work on the upcoming title. Notably, Ubisoft Singapore is responsible for the ‘ocean tech’ currently powering the Assassin’s Creed franchise, as well as other Ubisoft titles.
While Ubisoft has previously revisited other Assassin’s Creed titles, these re-releases have been remasters, as opposed to complete remakes. Given the wording of Kotaku‘s report and the belief of its sources, it appears the Black Flag project could be a reimagining for newer consoles, with upgrades based on modern game engines and technologies.
Beyond these minor details, not much is known about the alleged return of Black Flag.
As noted by Kotaku, there would be great irony in seeing this game return in the near future, given Ubisoft’s ongoing struggles with launching Skull and Bones, a pirate-themed adventure game that was originally spun out of development on Black Flag.
Skull and Bones was announced in 2017, as a standalone game where players could take to the high seas and build out a crew for a swashbuckling journey. But according to Kotaku, it was originally much smaller in scope, as Ubisoft allegedly planned for it to be a multiplayer game expansion before ideas ballooned, and it took on a life of its own.
The game has been delayed several times since it was first announced, as developers allegedly struggled to make it ‘take shape’. Starting development on a new version of Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag while Skull and Bones is still in the works would be an incredibly ironic move.
We’ll have to wait to see whether Kotaku‘s sources are accurate, and whether we see Black Flag return before Skull and Bones makes an impact.