Captain Jack Sparrow may need to hang up his eyepatch, as it sounds like there could be an even cooler crook in town. Reports bubbling to the surface this evening suggest that the next Assassin’s Creed game will star a piratical protagonist named Edward Kenway, the father of Haytham Kenway from Assassin’s Creed III. According to the Examiner, the sequel – named Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, apparently – will take place in the Caribbean, with locations including Jamaica, Cuba, and the Bahamas.

Earlier today, Kotaku posted a picture of a poster featuring the title and an image of a new assassin surrounded by a pack of pirates on a ship. The name has popped up a couple of times over the past few weeks, most notably when a Reddit user claimed to have spotted promotional materials for the release on the laptop screen of a lady sitting nearby on a plane. Yeah, we thought that that was a tall tale, too.

Considering the success of the naval combat in Assassin’s Creed III, a swashbuckling sequel would certainly make sense. Ubisoft invested heavily in the technology, and seeing as CEO Yves Guillemot has already confirmed that a new entry in its historical series will launch this year, we wouldn’t be surprised if the publisher decided to revisit the idea.

If true, it appears that the title will release on both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. Additional details are scarce for the time being, but we anticipate that more information will be uncovered soon.

[via examiner.com, kotaku.com, reddit.com, nintendolife.com]