Given that Assassin's Creed III's Connor had about as much personality as a dead fish, it looks as though Ubisoft are flipping the script for the sequel, with Assassin's Creed IV scribe, Darby McDevitt, describing the intention of presenting the latter's hero -- Edward Kenway -- as a counterpoint to the man formerly known as Ratonhnhaké:ton.
"Edward is almost a counterpoint to Connor in some ways,” McDevitt said. “Connor begins very idealistic and the experience he has through Assassin’s Creed III starts to make him really jaded. He’s doing all these things he believes are right and they don’t pay off in all the right ways.
"So I started with a guy who was already jaded. He was cynical. He’s out for himself. He has this marriage that’s really rocky. He’s estranged from his wife. He wants to try to prove he’s a man worthy of her affection, so he goes to the West Indies to become a privateer, and that falls apart really fast and he falls into piracy.”
One of the key plot points for ACIV, something we'd wished for in our ACIII review, is a deeper focus on the elationship between the Templars and the Assassins, with Edward flitting between the two codes to serve his own ends.
“He kind of bounces between the Assassins and Templars for a time, trying to find something that makes his life more meaningful,” McDevitt said. “At first he has all these selfish goals but his experiences focus him on what is and isn’t important in life.”
“He’s a good man at heart and the Assassins can see that, they pop into the story and try to steer him right, but he just refuses to listen after a time. He’ll come into contact with Templars at the same time and they’ll be interested in him too. That’s the core conflict in our story: this attitude he’s struggling with and these people who want a piece of him in different ways, and how he deals with that.” [Ubi Blog]