Ubisoft has outlined some of the planned differences between Assassin's Creed 4 on current and next-gen platforms.
"In addition to improved graphics and physics," creative director Jean Guesdon has said that next-gen versions will offer enhanced connected features, although he was vague about their exact nature.
"Next-gen versions will bring to the players new connected features allowing them to feel that even if they remain 'single player' it will be better to be a 'single connected player'. I mean, that next-gen consoles will allow players to have a solo experience that benefit the presence of a huge community."
While game studios familiar with new consoles from Sony and Microsoft aren't yet ready to fully divulge their next-gen development plans, Guesdon's comments echo some made recently by Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli, who said: "I think the notion of a single-player experience has to go away. However, I'm not saying that there will be no single-player experiences ... it could be it's called connected single-player or online single-player instead.
"Online and social can reignite single-player in a new type of context and provide benefits that will make you want to be a part of a connected story-mode rather than a disconnected story-mode," he added. "Sure, if the technology forces you to play a traditional single-player game online, that doesn't make sense but if it's offering actual benefits to be online then you want to be part of it."
For more on Ubisoft's newly announced seafaring adventure, check out our Assassin's Creed 4 preview.