- "Shay was an Assassin. He was a friend, a brother. Now the man we once called a brother is coming to hunt us all."
- ―Liam O'Brien, Assassin's Creed: Rogue Story Trailer.
Assassin's Creed: Rogue is a sandbox action adventure game, released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on 11 November 2014 in the United States, 13 November globally, and 10 March 2015 for the PC. Rogue follows the story of the Assassin-turned-Templar Shay Cormac between 1752 and 1760, during the Seven Years' War, and is the closing chapter in the Kenway saga.
Assassin's Creed: Rogue was developed by Ubisoft Sofia, in collaboration with Ubisoft's Singapore, Montreal, Quebec, Chengdu, Milan, and Bucharest studios. The game was written by Richard Farrese.
The primary locations in the game are New York, the Hudson River Valley and the North Atlantic Ocean, more specifically the area around Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, which is known as the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. The North Atlantic is an icy water-based region, where icebergs can be used as cover during naval combat, as well as broken to reveal frozen cargo and Animus data fragments. With the help of an ice-breaker ram, navigation is supplemented and additional secret areas can be reached.
Some mechanics from previous games' multiplayer have been incorporated, such as a compass indicating the target's position being a part of Eagle Vision, and whispers increasing in volume to indicate the presence of nearby stalkers.
Environmental hazards have been incorporated in the form of poison gas barrels, which drives victims berserk within their expanding radius; Shay can avoid being affected by pulling a mask over his face. Accompanying this, swimming in the freezing waters of the North Atlantic damages Shay's health and underwater sections from the previous game, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, were removed entirely.
During naval battles, the Morrigan can be rammed by enemy ships, forcing Shay and his crew to protect their vessel from Assassin-affiliated attackers. Sea shanties make a return in Rogue, comprised of a mix of old ones from Black Flag and newly composed ones.
Characters seen previously in the Kenway saga make appearances, such as Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Haytham Kenway, and Achilles Davenport from Assassin's Creed III, as well as Adéwalé from Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. François Mackandal and Ratonhnhaké:ton are mentioned.
The ability to kill civilians and domestic animals with melee weapons returns, with desynchronization penalty applying to Shay during his time as an Assassin. Once he leaves the Assassins, bounty hunters will be sent after Shay for killing civilians, similar to pirate hunters in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.
- ↑ ESRB
- ↑ GameInformer: September Cover Revealed – Assassin's Creed Rogue And Unity
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Rogue PC Launch Trailer
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 GameInformer: Get to know Shay from Assassin's Creed: Rogue
- ↑ All Games Beta - Assassin's Creed: Rogue Official Announcement + World Premiere Cinematic Trailer
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Gamespot: Four Reasons I'm Suddenly Interested in Assassin's Creed: Rogue
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Eurogamer: Assassin's Creed: Rogue is single-player only