Pirate-themed sequel Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag introduces a lot of new features, but perhaps the most interesting will be the ability to let the developers know what you think of the game on a mission by mission basis, via an optional five-star rating system.
"The idea behind this feature is to be able to get the input of our players on their appreciation of each mission," associate producer Sylvain Trottier told Eurogamer. "The rating is anonymous and is sent to our servers to be analysed."
"It's an idea that came out of discussions between our creative director Jean Guesdon and our executive producer Sébastien Puel. It was implemented early in the production, more than one year ago. It's also being used during our playtest sessions to gather the player's feedback."
If you're worried that slapping a star rating on each chapter of Edward Kenway's life will break the mood, rest assured you won't have to offer a rating unless you want to. "It's fully optional," Trottier says. "It's a way for our players to tell us directly whether they liked or not the mission. It's a survey if you prefer. It will help us know which missions are the favourites and which one people like less."
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is out on November 1st for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The Wii U, PC and Xbox One editions follow on November 22nd, with the PlayStation 4 version following on November 29th.