Assassin’s Creed Rogue Remastered
PS4, Xbox One
Release Date:March 20, 2018
Assassin’s Creed Rogue was the final game in the long running Assassin’s Creed series to launch on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 back in 2014, and the final entry in the American saga that included Assassin’s Creed 3, Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation, Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag and it’s DLC, Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry. The game will finally coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on March 20, 2018, players can experience the story of Shay Cormack in 1080P on PS4 and Xbox One, and native 4K on the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X.
Assassin’s Creed Rogue Remastered is being developed by Ubisoft Sofia, which is the team that created the original game back on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. In the announcement press release, Ubisoft said the title would feature better resolution on all systems, improved environment rendering, better textures and updated visual effects. The PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X will both run the game at native 4K, while the base hardware revisions will run the game at 1080p.
The remaster will include all previous DLC content, including the Master Templar and Explorer packs, the two bonus missions once locked behind preorder DLC, The Armor of Sir Gunn Quest and The Siege of Fort de Sable. The game will also include Assassin’s Creed Origins content including Bayek’s legacy outfit.
Shay Patrick Cormac is a prodigious, if insubordinate new recruit to the Colonial chapter of the Assassin Brotherhood under Mentor Achilles Davenport. While training one day, Cormac is dispatched to investigate reports of Templar activity within an area recently devastated by an earthquake, a specific artifact and the manuscripts linked to it. He takes his ship, the Morrigan and departs immediately.
Later on, while undercover as a templar courier, Shay uncovers the location of another artifact in Lisbon and is dispatched to collect it. But Cormac’s world view is beginning to be challenged when his Assassin leaders refuse to engage in a dialog with Templar leaders. Cormac finishes his mission and retrieves the artifact, only to have destroyed a populated area with an earthquake. Figuring out that the artifacts are triggering the earthquakes when removed, he reports back. When Cormac learns that Davenport is insisting on continuing the search, despite the collateral damage, Cormac takes the important manuscripts and tries to flee their base, but is cornered and then shot, left for dead.
From there, without wishing to spoil the entire plot, Cormac becomes increasingly sympathetic to the cause of the Templar Order, even going on to hunt down his former Assassin brothers across the Americas with his ship. Many characters from Assassin’s Creed 3 and Assassin’s Creed 4 appear in some capacity in the game, and play important roles in the plot.
As a remaster, Assassin’s Creed Rogue Remastered will return to the prior engine last seen in Assassin’s Creed 4. Unfortunately that does mean that none of the Quality of Life improvements introduced to the series as far back as Assassin’s Creed Unity, like more granular climbing controls, improved lighting and physical based rendering pipeline will be included.
High profile actions and attacking NPCs is likely to attract attention, and likely provoke guards, which will raise your profile. Players proceed within the games open world in a third person view, and can choose to climb structures or stay at ground level. Finding high synchronization points to overlook your surroundings can reveal the map and points of interest within its radius.
When players take on a mission, they can be asked to do a variety of things such as tailing a target, removing all of the guards from an area or figuring out how to take out an enemy without raising suspicions. There are main missions, which move the story along, as well as the occasional side missions which explores other lore. Of course, players are encouraged to explore outside the confines of a mission and go after collectibles or just see the sights.
As the game also included the lauded ship gameplay from earlier games, players will also move from location to location using the Morgana to cross the Northern Atlantic seas. The ship combat involves maneuvering yourself into an ideal position, controlling the different weapons of your ship and commanding your crew to take cover to minimize your own damage when under fire. Upon dealing enough damage to an enemy vessel, you can board it and kill their leader, loot it for materials, take possession of the ship and gain a few crew members.
Elements of both the ship and Cormac can be upgraded through the game, largely from purchasing things like a larger ammo pouch or better cannons from the shops. Gold is best earned from ship combat, looting materials and selling them, as well as using your captured ships and sending them on missions.
Shay Patrick Cormac was born in New York in the year 1731, to Irish Immigrants who died at an early age. He would come to join the Assassin Brotherhood under Achilles Davenport. His skills as a naval captain earned him the command of the Morrigan and was the reason he was selected for the mission which would change his life forever. He’s rude, but honourable man who dislikes having to kill those who are defenceless.
Liam O’Brian is several years older than Shay, but the two having known each other since childhood share something of a close, brotherly bond. The two would meet through work in a New York shipyard, and Liam would look after Shay due to his tendency to get into trouble. He was the first student that Achilles Davenport would induct into the Colonial Assassin Brotherhood.
Achilles Davenport is seen in this game as a far younger man than his appearance in Assassin’s Creed 3. He is the mentor and leader of the entire Colonial Assassin’s Brotherhood, trained out of his own Homestead. Davenport is a serious man who takes his work to heart. It was during his training that he met the West Indies Assassin, Adewale.
Adewale was born into a life of slavery, but is now an experienced seafarer and Assassin from back when Edward Kenway was active, and who only continued his adventures since. He journeys all the way to New York and the colonies in order to seek the help of Achilles, as a devastating earthquake wrecked Adewale’s home of Port-au-Prince and it is believed that the Templars have something to do with it.
Haytham Kenway is the grand master of the first Colonial Rite of the Templar Order, and had been active for many years upon the start of Rogue. He was generally unaware of his father’s Assassin connections until later in his life.
Note: This wiki will be updated once we have more information about the game.