Ubisoft Confirms Assassin’s Creed: Rogue After Footage Leaks
While some companies will deny, deny, deny any leaks coming out of their camp until they’re blue in the face, Ubisoft quickly gave up the fight when it came to the leak of this fall’s other Assassin’s Creed game.
After leaks on Tuesday and reports that we had for you as far back as March, Ubisoft confirmed that there would be a second Assassin’s Creed game launching this fall. This game is last-gen only on PS3 and 360 and is called Assassin’s Creed: Rogue.
Rogue, which was former known by its code-name of Comet until yesterday’s leaks, is a game that Ubisoft refers to as the final part of the Assassin’s Creed series’ “North American saga” that included AC3 and AC4.
The game will take place in North America during the Seven Years’ War. In a twist for the series that harkens back to Assassin’s Creed III, the protagonist will be an Assassin turned Templar named Shay Patrick Cormac. The game will take place around North America with New York, the Appalachian River Valley and the Arctic all confirmed for the game.
It’s also worth noting that naval battles will be back in Rogue. Given that these were the most popular features in AC3 and AC4, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Ubisoft is going to milk these for all they’re worth. After all, they basically built Black Flag around them.
In a change for the series, this game will be developed by Ubisoft Sofia who most recently worked as one of the development studios for Assassin’s Creed: Liberation, the PS Vita game released alongside Assassin’s Creed III in 2012. The only other original game in their portfolio was Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars for the 3Ds.
Interestingly, after the conclusion of the Ezio trilogy, Ubisoft decided to add numbers to their games. Their belief was that gamers thought that games without a number weren’t as complete games as those with the numbers. For example, while AC: Brotherhood is often considered the best in the franchise, if Ubisoft is to be believed, the name held its sales back relative to how it would have been perceived as AC3: Brotherhood.
With both AC: Unity on current-gen and AC: Rogue on legacy-gen systems, Ubisoft seems to be going back to the well of unnumbered Assassin’s Creed games. As such, we’ll have to see how the sales numbers pan out for this one relative to AC3 and AC4.