Arrrrrr! ‘Assassin’s Creed Pirates’ – for the Web – now available

“Assassin’s Creed Pirates,” designed for the modern Web by Internet Explorer and Ubisoft, is now available for free play.

Gameplay is based on the iOS “Assassin’s Creed Pirates” game, allowing you to be captain Alonzo Batilla, who is racing his ship through the Caribbean, evading mines and other hurdles, while searching for treasure.

“Assassin’s Creed Pirates” on the Web is the first game demo developed using the Babylon.JS open source framework, which makes it simpler to build interoperable 3D games like this one, writes Divya Kumar, IE senior product marketing manager.

The game was designed “from the ground-up for the modern touch browser,” Kumar writes, so that you can, for example, unfurl the sails, and with a swipe of your finger on the virtual wheel, steer the ship through the seas.

With even better 3D performance, enhanced touch capabilities and recent improvements to WebGL graphics, recent updates to Internet Explorer 11 make it a great browser for trying the game on the Web.

“Most games built for the Web require a fixed screen resolution – the game only works in one size regardless of your device’s capabilities,” Kumar writes. “Assassin’s Creed Pirates” on the Web is “truly different. Whether an 8-inch touch-first tablet or a 24-inch desktop with a mouse, ‘ACP’ with IE11 adapts your browsing experience by detecting your Windows device and input type. Yet in keeping with our Rethink what the web can be mission, it is written with interoperable code – it works well across modern browsers and devices.”

To showcase how it’s getting easier to build with 3D on the Web, IE also is creating a fun challenge for Web developers, with entries due June 20.

To learn more about the game and the contest, head over to the Exploring IE blog.

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Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff