Stevivor's Matt Gosper writes, "Over the past few years, it’s become fairly common to see companion games released alongside Ubisoft’s flagship Assassin’s Creed titles. Previous instalments like Altair’s Chronicles or Assassin’s Creed II: Bloodlines have acted as direct extensions of the main games’ protagonists, whilst Liberation on the Vita introduced an entirely new playable Assassin in the form of the charming Aveline de Grandpre. Assassin’s Creed: Pirates is another slightly different step for these side titles, taking place as a sort of prequel to Black Flag – but not starring an Assassin. Pirates tells the story of Alonzo Batilia, a pirate not affiliated with the Assassins or Templars in the Golden Age of piracy. His story revolves around the hunt for the lost treasure of French pirate La Buse."