Virtual pirate tourism

February 8, 2016

Something completely different today. As I’m building my pirate town, I’m constantly looking for inspiration. One of my main sources so far has been the game Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. While part of a long series of Assassin’s Creed games, it’s an immensely entertaining pirate romp, with lavishly detailed environments. They have taken plenty of artistic liberties I’m sure, but it’s lovely how the 18th century Caribbean comes to life in the game. I picked up the game for 5€ in a Steam sale, and have clocked 46 hours so far – not bad as I originally only bought it for inspiration.

The detailed environments serve as more than inspiration, too. As it’s all 3D, you can run around and examine all the wonderful cityscapes and lonely islands in peace. As the game features plenty of parkour activity, the environments are filled with interesting ledges, posts, balconies, barrels and the like. I went on a virtual tourist trip today to gather some pictures for inspiration, and figured I’d share these with you as well! I’ve also got an art book for the game, and it’s great as well. Then again, I’m a sucker for inspiration material…

So, this sun-bleached but colourful grubbiness is basically what I’m trying to achieve with my pirate town project. You can click on any picture for a larger version.

















Note: The graphics shown are screenshots from Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, © Ubisoft. I assume this falls under “fair use”, but will of course take the pictures down on request.



  1. Loving your thinking. Google earth places in the Caribbean at street view level.

    • Ooh, that’s an awesome idea! Thanks for the comment, will do that.

      • Do I all the time to create terrain,hope it works for you as well.

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