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Assassin's Creed 4's voice actors tell the tale of the Black Flag

A new behind-the-scenes video for Ubisoft's maritime adventure Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag features a trio of actors discussing their characters in the game.

Main character Edward Kenway is a "quick-witted Welshman" who has come to the pirate lifestyle in search of fame and fortune, says his actor Matt Ryan. He's brash, rude and very selfish, says Ryan, and he's caught between different directions and opportunities in life.

Kenway finds himself being mentored by the infamous pirate Blackbeard, played by Mark Bonnar. It's enjoyable to play an enigma, says Bonnar, as the only thing people really know about Blackbeard is that he was "fucking terrifying." He is a man who understands the power of fear, and uses it to the "absolute utmost."

A third member of Blackbeard's pirate band is Charles Vane, played by Ralph Ineson. Kenway has the opportunity to build a solid pirate partnership with Vane despite the rumors about the man; Ineson says that his character is a "lunatic" who runes purely on primal instinct. Playing a character like that ended up being almost relaxing, says Ineson. "At the end of the day, you kind of feel really calm."

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag hits PlayStation 3, Wii U and Xbox 360 on Oct. 29 in North America and Nov. 1 in Europe. A PlayStation 4 version launches alongside the console on Nov. 15 in North America and Nov. 29 in Europe, with Xbox One and Windows PC versions also on the way.