The old saying states that one should make hay while the sun shines, and Ubisoft is doing just that. With the arrival of next-gen splitting gamers between two platform generations, the publisher is serving up not one, but two helpings of Assassin's Creed this Holiday season: Assassin's Creed Unity for the Xbox One and PS4, and for those still sticking with their PS3 or Xbox 360, there's Assassin's Creed Rogue.
There's no denying that Rogue will be keeping much of Black Flag and AC3's gameplay mechanics intact, instead of the overhaul coming to its next-gen counterpart. To make up for that fact (for those who aren't wishing for another chance to wage war on both land and sea in a colder climate) the developers have fashioned Rogue into a final chapter in the North American side of the series' narrative.
For those who have been following the series as it's shifted around the globe, that means that new protagonist Shay Patrick Cormac will begin his journey not unlike many previous heroes. But after a disaster leads him to doubt the judgement of his superiors, he joins ranks with the Templars, and sets out to hunt down every single Assassin left in North America. And thanks to the newest story trailer, fans now have a bit more information on just what causes him to lose faith.
After an explosion leaves innocent lives seemingly sacrificed (something Shay may come to realize happens at the hands of Templars quite often as well), every Assassin that Shay has met or heard of becomes a potential target - even if they're some of the player's favorites. Confirmed Assassins include Adewale, the right hand man of Black Flag protagonist Edward Kenway (and star of Freedom Cry), and even Achilles Davenport, the future mentor of AC3 hero Ratonhnhaké:ton.
The fact that Davenport lives to see the events of AC3 may take some of the suspense out of Shay's potential attempts to kill him, but there's no telling what may happen in this previously-unexplored section of the AC timeline. The developers have promised an end to the Kenway saga in particular, so Haytham is expected to play a significant part in the story. If not in the events directly concerning Shay's quest for vengeance, then at least in the downfall of the Assassins in America.
Lest we forget, there's also the ways that Rogue's story and cast could factor into Unity's story as well. Speculation on that can wait until more hints are provided by Ubisoft, but for now, the publisher is banking on fan-favorite characters and the promise of closure to help sell not one, but two titles this November. Is that enough to motivate you to play one, or both?
Assassin’s Creed Rogue will be released for PS3 and Xbox 360 on November 11, 2014.
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