Assassin's Creed III was rich in features, from naval battles to homestead build and resource trading. Some fans felt that the original concept behind the series - being a stealthy assassin - got a little lost in all the action.
If that was you, worry not. Ubisoft is aware of the grumbles and plans to address them in the upcoming pirate-themed Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. Director Ashraf Ismail has told Official PlayStation Magazine that stealth is "one of the biggest things" his team is working on.
"People loved the naval [combat], people really enjoyed the fight, but we knew that the stealth element was something that we needed to push," he said. "If you really wish to play the game completely in stealth then you can."
The gameplay has been overhauled to make stealth clearer and easier to master, particularly when it comes to avoid detection and escaping when spotted. "All this stuff has been really simplified and made much more intuitive," Ismail explained. "The feedback itself has also been improved, so now we really focus on what the player needs to know."
"I think Assassin's Creed III was really a great game, it had its faults for sure, but there was a lot of people that truly loved the game," Ismail concluded. "I think there are some elements that we are pushing in AC4, for example stealth being one of them, that we are making sure that we are really paying attention to what people have to say."
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is creeping towards its November 1st release date, when it will launch for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii U. PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions will be close behind, possibly hiding in a haystack.