The long-rumored second Assassin's Creed title slated for 2014, previously known as Comet, has finally been confirmed as Assassin's Creed Rogue, and it will launch this November for previous generation consoles.
Releasing almost in tandem with Assassin’s Creed Unity, Assassin’s Creed Rogue will complete the North American story trilogy that began with Connor in Assassin’s Creed III. The game is set during The Seven Years’ War and reportedly will take players to the frozen North Atlantic, the Appalachian River Valley and New York, among other locations.
“Amid the chaos and violence of the French and Indian War, Shay Patrick Cormac, a fearless young member of the Assassin Brotherhood, undergoes a dark transformation that will forever shape the future of the colonies. As Shay, you will experience the slow transformation from Assassin to Assassin hunter and use all your skills to take down those you once called brothers.”
Ubisoft is calling Rogue the “darkest chapter yet” in the franchise’s history, announcing that player-character Shay Cormac will turn from Assassin to Templar as the story progresses. The developer has also revealed a handful of new weapons and ammo types that Cormac will have at his disposal, but perhaps most enticing is the blurb on the game’s enhanced eagle vision, which allows you to “constantly assess your surroundings and detect Assassins hiding in the shadows, on rooftops, and in the crowds.” Hunting down Assassins sounds much more intriguing than the typical targets of Assassin’s Creed games, who typically stand around pontificating or wandering a city square.
Assassin’s Creed Rogue brings naval combat back once again, and boasts several new refinements to the incredibly fun sailing gameplay in Black Flag. Cormac’s ship, The Morrigan, has several new offensive and defensive weapons to sink enemy ships, and this time around you’ll also have to defend your own ship from being boarded; It seems Ed Kenway’s commandeering methods have finally rubbed off on the rest of the ocean’s sea captains.
A near-simultaneous release of two games for two different sets of consoles is an interesting business maneuver for Ubisoft. Some would argue that Assassin’s Creed was reaching franchise fatigue right around the release of Assassin’s Creed III before the addition of naval gameplay, which rejuvenated the series. Ubisoft are now doubling down on their annual release schedule by putting two different games out the same year. With Assassin’s Creed Unity set to push the the power of PS4 and Xbox One on October 28th, it will be interesting to see if sales splinter off when Assassin’s Creed Rogue hits shelves just a couple weeks later.
Assassin’s Creed Rogue launches November 11, 2014 for Xbox 360 and PS3.