Project has launched on Vice’s website and is timed with the release of pirate-themed “Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag,” out later this month.
In the three-part series, hosted by Will Kiersky, Vice explores the true history of 18th century pirates and investigates the historical setting of “Black Flag,” the area from Jamaica to Florida. It also explores the true stories of the era’s most infamous captains and how the violent period has shaped modern culture.
Kiersky and his team immerse themselves in ancient pirate lifestyle, getting hands on with weapons, booze, underwater exploration and street life that made the seamen famous.
Each of the three episodes center around the supporting cast of “Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag,” and the band of captains: Blackbeard, Charles Vane and Calico Jack.
The first episode on pirate Vane bowed Oct. 10, while the second on Blackbeard, streams Oct. 17, followed by a look at Jack on Oct. 24.
Colin Woodard, author of “The Republic of Pirates” and consultant to the game, also assisted with the Vice series.
“For hundreds of years, pirates have been a part of pop-culture,” said Tony Key, senior VP for sales and marketing for Ubisoft. “Their rebel spirit mixed with part bravery and part lunacy has captured the attention of the public for generations, but sometimes folklore is mistaken for history. Just like what we’re attempting to do with ‘Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag,’ it is important – and oftentimes more engrossing – to know what really happened during that time period.”
Series is a unique promo for Ubisoft and an innovative one given that the game franchise has long turned to the history books for its characters and settings since it first launched in 2007. The five games in the series have sold 57 million copies. Michael Fassbender is attached to star in a live action film from Ubisoft Motion Pictures and New Regency that Fox will release in summer 2015.
“Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag” revolves around Edward Kenway, who falls from privateering for the Royal Navy into piracy as the war between the major Empires comes to an end and soon finds himself embroiled in the ancient war between Assassins and Templars.
“Black Flag” hits retail shelves on Oct. 29 on all of the major consoles.