It may not have been Ubisoft's best-kept secret, but the publisher has finally unveiled Assassin's Creed Rogue with a cinematic trailer and some early details. While next-gen owners prepare to lead a revolution in Paris, France, those still sticking to the Xbox 360 and PS3 can look forward to another North American sailing adventure - one based on betrayal, revenge, and a less-than-tropical climate.
Prior rumors suggested that not only would the game bear the title Rogue (a telling decision we'll get to in a moment), but that it would bridge the gap between Assassin's Creed 3 and Black Flag, which seems to indeed be the case. It was AC3 which first took players to the seas, while Black Flag refined the naval experience even further. Now players may get the best of both worlds, sailing the North Atlantic with the same level of freedom.
Of course, the new hero revealed in the above trailer won't be as free-wheeling as Edward Kenway - his time with the Assassin Order has come to an end, now spending his days hunting down his former brothers:
Set in the middle of the 18th century during the Seven Years War, Assassin’s Creed Rogue gives players new locations across North America to explore, including the frozen North Atlantic, the Appalachian River Valley and New York. In Assassin’s Creed Rogue, players experience the Assassin’s Creed universe through the eyes of a Templar. As Shay Patrick Cormac, players suffer the brotherhood’s betrayal and transform into an Assassin hunter.
The details on just what kind of betrayal Shay is forced to endure aren't available just yet, but it's clear that Ubisoft is continuing to de-emphasize the mythology of the Assassin Brotherhood. Black Flag had little of the actual historical gameplay focused on the centuries-old war between Assassins and Templars for 'world domination,' and it's clear the notion that Assassins are certifiable 'good guys' looks to be challenged even further with Rogue.
As for the actual gameplay: players will take the helm of a ship known as The Morrigan, and follow their prey to some much colder climates that the tropical sands of the Caribbean. Take a look at the first screenshots and artwork of new hero Shay Patrick Cormac:
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Martin Capel, game director at Ubisoft Sofia explains why the title won't just take past gameplay to a cold climate, but give players one last chance to experience the New World before moving on to the series' next chapter:
“We know that there are many Assassin’s Creed fans with Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles who want to get their hands on a new Assassin’s Creed game this year. Assassin’s Creed Rogue completes the North American saga started with Assassin’s Creed® III and Assassin’s Creed® IV Black Flagâ„¢ and gives previous-generation console owners an exclusive opportunity to experience fan-requested features, such as playing as a Templar.”
The scale or story of the game may not yet be known, and the historical setting leaves the door wide open. The Seven Years War (or French and Indian War as it's known in the United States) involved most of the global superpowers of the time, so there was no shortage of debauchery or political backstabbing to draw from.
For now, what are your hopes for the game? Does the opportunity to walk the streets of 18th Century New York once again sound like a trip worth taking, or are your sights set on next-gen already? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Assassin's Creed Rogue will be released for PS3 and Xbox 360 on November 11, 2014.
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