Ubisoft have confirmed Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and judging from the look of the next titles pack shot, this new game in the series will have a strong pirate theme. With the franchises roots deep in historical events, here are our top 5 pirates we want to see in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.
Thomas Tew (?-1695)
Privateer-turned-pirate Thomas Tew is perhaps one of the most noted and badass pirates ever to existed. The Rhode Island Pirate is allegedly one of the founders of the mysterious (and possibly fictional) Madagascan pirate colony, Libertalia. True or not, we’d certainly love to see the location featured in the game.
After spending three years checking off practically everything on the “things pirates do” checklist, Tew was killed in battle in 1695 by a cannon shot. Rather than immediately kicking the bucket, Tew held his stomach together before dropping it and dying. Hardcore!
Calico Jack (1682-1720)
As far as awesome pirate names go, Calico Jack is pretty damn high up the list. He’s also already featured in a video game before as a character in Sid Meier’s Pirates! After three years of plundering during the Golden Age of pirating, Jack was captured and hung at Port Royal in 1720.
Jack Rackham AKA Calico Jack is probably most noted for his design of the Jolly Roger flag that featured a skull with two crossed swords and for having two female crew members in his ranks – Mary Read and the next addition on our list, Anne Bonny.
Anne Bonny (1702-1782)
To say that Irish born Anne Bonny was “a little bit stabby” is a bit of an understatement. Aged 13, she allegedly stabbed a servant girl with a table knife and after joining up with lover Calico Jack, stabbed the first crew member who complained about having a woman onboard.
With the Assassin’s Creed famous hidden blade, Bonny is a perfect candidate to be included in Assassin’s Creed IV. It’s also always a huge bonus to see a woman kicking ass and taking names rather than posing as the damsel in distress in a video game.
Henry Every (1653-1696)
You could probably call Henry Every the most successful pirate on our list as he’s one of the only few to have retired with his plundered riches without being arrested or killed. He also secured one of the biggest scores in pirate history, looting 600,000 pounds worth of silver and jewellery from an Indian ship.
This sparked the first global manhunt recorded in history – something that our protagonists from the Assassin’s Creed series can relate to all to well. Clearly Every has a few hints and tips about avoiding capture that he could share with Assassin’s Creed IV’s hero.
You can’t write a list about famous pirates and not include Blackbeard. It’s just not done! It only took Edward Teach AKA Blackbeard 2 years to build his fearsome reputation – not a surprising feat considering his panache for showmanship and appearance.
With smoke from burning rope emitting from his hat, pigtails and beard and being strapped from head to toe in guns and knives, Teach could win most of his battles simply by striking fear into the heart of his opponents with his looks. When he died, it took over 20 sword lacerations, 5 musket wounds and a beheading to see him off.
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