This past Monday, October 28, videogame distributor Megarom Games and Ubisoft hosted the official South African launch party for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag in merry old Cape Town, and what made this launch different from any other was not that it was in Cape Town but that it was hosted on a boat.
And not just any boat, either: A pirate Boat!
The guests all gathered at the appointed hour of six o’clock on the Jolly Roger where we enjoyed some welcome drinks and curious conversation as we debated if we would just be enjoying an evening aboard the Jolly Roger docked in the harbour, or whether we would venture out on the high seas. That question was answered following a welcome speech by Megarom’s Devon Stanton when the captain of the Jolly Roger briefed us on how to properly put on a life jacket.
Excitement quickly arose with questions of “How many people are allowed on this boat?” and “Are there any toilets on board?” as the Jolly Roger slowly moved out of port.
We were lucky enough to have pretty decent weather on the evening so spending time on deck wasn’t really an issue and was actually very pleasant. Unfortunately the slightly overcast conditions meant we missed out on catching the sunset, but hey, we saw plenty of seals and had Assassin’s Creed IV to play. Yes, we were able to play Assassin’s Creed IV while out at sea!
I think there was enough time available for most people on-board to have a go at the game, and with that, lay a special claim to being one of a select few to have played Assassin’s Creed IV on its highest difficulty, because managing to swan dive into a haystack in the game whilst also trying to maintain your balance in real life on a constantly tilting boat is no mean feat at all.
That said, the game looked really good despite no next-gen consoles being around to really see it in action.
South African Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Launch Event Photos
Before we made our way back to shore, Stanton and the Jolly Roger crew chose the winner of the on-going costume competition that quite a few attendees had played along with – the winners fully deserved their loot – before Megarom and Ubisoft shared a bit more about what they have coming up on the local gaming horizon.
It was a well organised and fun event and I can’t wait for more game launches to happen in South Africa. Now to play the game!