With all the excitement over Assassin’s Creed: Unity, it’s easy to forget that Ubisoft has another Assassin’s Creed title launching this week. Assassin’s Creed Rogue may not have Unity’s next-generation graphics or an exciting new setting like the French Revolution, but its story promises to be an interesting twist on the standard Assassin’s Creed formula. Oh, and the sailing that everyone loved in Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag? That’s back, too.
Thankfully, Ubisoft released a final trailer to remind everyone that, yes, Assassin’s Creed Rogue is in fact launching this week. Unlike previous videos, there’s not a lot of fresh information here, but the new trailer serves as a nice summary of what we already know.
Assassin’s Creed Rogue stars Shay Patrick Cormac, an Irish-born Assassin who turns against The Brotherhood. It’s set in the American Northeast during the Seven Years War, and will include locations like New York, Quebec, and the icy Atlantic Ocean. In addition to the aforementioned sailing, familiar characters like Haytham Kenway, Achilles Davenport, and Freedom Cry protagonist Adéwalé will all return.
Where the new video shines, though, is in selling how radically the Templars’ point-of-view shifts Assassin’s Creed’s storyline. While previous trailers explain why Shay violated his creed, this is the first time in the series’ history that we’ve seen the Assassins depicted as full-on villains.
In Shay’s eyes, the Assassins are power-mad hypocrites who deserve to be put down, whatever the cost. Along with all the footage of ledge-jumping and neck-stabbing, this final trailer builds a palpable sense of sadness and betrayal. It’s all suitably epic, and positions Assassin’s Creed Rogue as a satisfying conclusion to the Haytham Kenway saga.
That’s why it makes so much sense to release Assassin’s Creed Rogue on last-generation consoles. Where Unity forges ahead on new consoles with new characters, Assassin’s Creed Rogue wraps up storylines that began a long time ago. It’s an ending, not a beginning. While there are obviously financial considerations at play (the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 still have a huge install base), there’s something neatly poetic about ending the story in the same place that it started.
Of course, that’s not to say that Rogue will be inaccessible to players who haven’t been following Assassin’s Creed’s “Americas” series. Assassin’s Creed Rogue is a complete game on its own, and if Ubisoft’s done their job, it should be satisfying to newcomers and old hands alike.
Assassin’s Creed Rogue hits shelves November 11 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It’ll come to PCs in January 2015.