Assassin’s Creed Rogue may lack gameplay innovation, but it looks like the installment of the franchise will make up for that with a great story scenario for the game. I am not at all surprised Ubisoft put together another previous-gen game for the franchise. Corporations will always try to milk a cash cow franchise such as Assassin’s Creed for all its worth. I am not too enthused that the game is dropping at virtually the same time as Assassin’s Creed Unity. However, I am excited about what the story brings to the table. In fact, based off the recent story trailers, I might even be more intrigued by the scenario for Assassin’s Creed Rogue than Assassin’s Creed Unity.
To be completely clear, I don’t believe there is any way that Rogue will touch Unity in terms of thebasic premise and backdrop. 18th century Paris, France, at the height of the French Revolution, is one of the best possible historic backdrops Ubisoft could have picked for the franchise, after Assassin’s Creed III took the series to the American Revolutionary War. Not to mention, the new mechanics and gameplay additions for Unity look like long-awaited editions.
I am very excited about the story and the ability to play from the perspective of the Templar, the longtime antagonists and villains of the franchise. The Templar Order and the Assassin Brotherhood have been locked in a conflict that appears to date back to the dawn of civilization. With a conflict going back that far, perhaps one can question certain elements of the Assassin Brotherhood. Rogue features a former Assassin, Shay Patrick Cormac, who is betrayed and defects to the Templar. Looking at the new footage, Cormac apparently holds the Brotherhood responsible for the destruction of a city that led to the loss of many innocent lives. It is completely possible that the Templar could be framing the Brotherhood. However, if the Brotherhood did play a significant role in slaughtering innocents who were caught in the crossfire of this eternal crossfire, one could understand why a loyal Assassin would turn on the Brotherhood. Cormac is now pitted against his former comrades in a conflict that looks downright Shakespearean.
The Assassin Brotherhood goes by a code. Part of the code is to never kill the innocent. If Cormac believes in that code so much and experiences a conflict of conscience, then what happens in an instance where perhaps some members of the Brotherhood are corrupt? What if, in Cormac’s eyes, the code was violated? That is the impression I have gleaned from Cormac’s character. He seems to hold the Brotherhood responsible for crimes in which they have to answer. That is a great set up for a new Asassin’s Creed game.
Assassin’s Creed Rogue will be available exclusively for the PS3 and Xbox 360 on November 11.