While information has recently been scarce on the other Assassin’s Creed game not named Unity and originally revealed under the code name ‘Comet’, Game Informer and Ubisoft finally brought the “last-generation” only title to light under the name Assassin’s Creed Rogue. From what we’ve seen so far, Rogue is planning to be a little different than past games this time around.
The main character you’ll be getting very familiar with is named Shay Patrick Cormac and unlike the previous games, he’s an Assassin Hunter working with the Templars. Think of him almost as a Dark Assassin, a mirror opposite if you will. The interesting twist here is that the Irishman originally joined the Assassin’s Brotherhood at first, but starts to question the ideals of the group and not taking his role seriously, almost similar to Altair at the beginning of his game. Brash and overconfident. A traumatic event occurs leading to Shay leaving the order and shacking up with the Templars instead, seeing their cause align more with what he believes. His mission? Hunt down his former group and systematically eliminate them. Dark stuff for sure but it’ll be interesting to see the game highlight the perspective of the Templars, a group who have been traditionally viewed as the bad guys in this franchise.
The other interesting bit that has been promised is that Rogue promises to wrap up the Kenway story line and somehow lead into the events of Unity. It’ll be interesting to see how that happens as according to Ubisoft, Rogue takes place during the Seven Years War time period between 1754 and 1763. Adewale and Haytham Kenway also look to factor into the story as well.
For those of you who were fans of the naval combat and exploration elements of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, you’ll be delighted to know that Rogue also features an open map with plenty of naval combat. Taking place in the North Atlantic Ocean (with traditional land based cities as well) and also the Arctic, Shay captains a smaller ship known as The Morrigan. In addition to cannon fire, The Morrigan also utilizes Puckle Guns (primitive machine guns) and burning oil to take down his foes. In an interesting twist, you’ll need to be more aware of enemy ships, as the assassin’s can now board your ship as well. Players will also have to content with the ice the higher they travel.
What’s currently unconfirmed for the title is if Rogue is incorporating many of the exciting revamps that Unity is promising such as the new parkour and traversal system, the reworked combat, new animations, and also the intelligent AI. Personally, I have my doubts as at least a few seem to be tied into the next generation hardware, but it’ll be interesting for those of you who buy both games, if going back to the old style Assassin’s game (Rogue) after playing Unity makes it harder to enjoy.
I’m also curious to see if Rogue will eventually be ported to PC like they did with the former Vita only title, Assassin’s Creed Liberation, in order to maximize revenue by tapping into a new market of consumers. With the amount of “Remastered” and “Definitive Editions” of previous games getting released again on next gen systems, would it surprise anyone to see Rogue eventually make its way to Xbox One and PS4? Probably not.
Assassin’s Creed Rogue is on the way for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on November 11. So if you’re not a next gen owner and don’t have a fancy PC, you’ll still be able to get your assassin fix this year.