In some ways, Assassin’s Creed Rogue is the series “lost game”. Released on PS3 and Xbox 360 at the very end of that console generation (around the same time as Assassin’s Creed Unity arrived on PS4 and Xbox One), the game completes the series’ North American trilogy and links the stories of Assassin’s Creed III, Black Flag and Unity.
At launch, many felt the game and its story deserved a wider audience – and it’s finally going to get one: on the 20th of March, Rogue comes to PS4 and Xbox One in remastered form, with higher resolution textures, improved shadows and lighting, and many other visual improvements.
Set during the French and Indian War of the 18th Century, Rogue tells the story of cocky, charming Irish immigrant Shay Patrick Cormack, a fresh-faced and fearless Assassin mentored by Assassin’s Creed III’s Achilles. When a mission in Lisbon results in the death of many an innocent Portugean, Shay’s hand in events leads him to question the Assassin’s goals. But his attempts to make amends for the Lisbon tragedy end with him cast out by the order and left for dead. When his life is saved by Templars (the natural enemy of the Assassins), events are put in motion which will change the course of both sides forever.
Shay captains his ship, the Morrigan, in naval action that builds on the gameplay of Black Flag. His story will take players to – among other places – a fully rebuilt New York City, the wild River Valley (expanded to allow seamless river navigation and ground exploration), and the icy waters of the North Atlantic complete with its towering icebergs and cold winds. Along with the games own cast, Shay will encounter a variety of characters from the surrounding games, including the aforementioned Achilles Davenport, Haytham Kenway, and Freedom Cry’s Adewale.
The remaster also includes the two bonus mission from the original game’s Deluxe Edition (The Armor of Sir Gunn and The Siege of Fort de Sable), along with a bunch of customisation and item packs (including the Bayek’s Legacy outfit). Through the Ubisoft Club Rewards Program players will also be able to unlock other Legacy Assassin’s outfits (Altair, Ezio, Connor, Edward Kenway, Arno, Jacob Frye and Aguilar) plus the Jackdaw pack offering some Black Flag style accoutrements for the Morrigan.
Development of the remaster has been led by Ubisoft Sofia, the lead studio behind the original game. This new version plays in 4K on PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, and at 1080p on the base consoles. The increased power of this generations consoles means players will also find denser crowds, improved environment rendering, higher resolution shadows and more.
Assassin’s Creed Rogue Remastered arrives on PS4 and Xbox One on the 20th of March. For all the latest news on game, stay tuned to Ubisoft Blog!