Gamers with PlayStation 4s, Xbox Ones and modern gaming PCs can look forward to French Revolution adventure Assassin's Creed Unity this fall, but last-gen console owners need not miss out on the open-world action franchise. Assassin's Creed Rogue winds the clock back to 1756, stars an unconventional new protagonist and will launch for the Xbox 360 and PS3 exclusively.
Ubisoft announced the game today via a cinematic release trailer. Assassin's Creed Rogue stars Shay, a former Master Assassin who turns against his former companions and joins the villainous Templars.
The game will contain all the usual series hallmarks: fluid combat, environment-based stealth, parkour platforming and hunting for remote treasures. Those who miss the naval combat of Assassin's Creed III and IV will also be pleased to hear that Shay's maritime activities will take him from the rivers of Appalachia to the Arctic Circle.
While Ubisoft has yet to reveal whether the game will have any direct story ties to Assassin's Creed Unity, it will almost certainly tie together the stories of Assassin's Creed III and IV. Assassin's Creed Rogue takes place during the Seven Years' War (1756-1763) — specifically the French and Indian War in its American theater.
Shay's fall to the Templars will understandably be one of the darker chapters of the franchise's history. It should also help to explain how earlier villain Haytham Kenway turned away from the Assassins in-between the narratives of Assassin's Creed III and IV.
Assassin's Creed Rogue will be available on November 11 for $60. As Assassin's Creed Unity releases on October 28, this will give series fans only two weeks to wrap up the current-gen installment before they play the last-gen entry. Consider carefully whether you'd rather spend early November sticking it to the French nobility or exploring the North Atlantic.