Since Ubisoft announced Assassin’s Creed Rouge earlier this month (don´t miss out on my previous article about Assassin’s Creed Rogue), they’ve released videos, and commentary about the new character, Shay. So far it’s being met with very mixed responses.
This, paired with the fact that many loyal fans aren’t thrilled about the concept of playing as a Templar, you can Imagine what’s next for the game.
We’ve put together a comprehensive list of what the developers have shown, and what we can speculate as to why this game can go either way.
New weapons/ upgrades
Shays ship the Morrigan is faster than the Jackdaw, as well as more maneuverable, and twice as fast. The upgrades that the ship, and Shay have received are very impressive, and respectably so. You can use the ram upgrade to break through icebergs to access wrecks, and reefs.
Oil barrels, can be shot to spread wildfire upon the pursuing fleets, to burn them down, or slow the fleet. You can also use the puckle gun, an early machine gun to mow down ships from a far distance, which looks very handsome, for the expected battles on the high seas.
Improved combat mechanics:
Shay has a lot at his disposal, especially due to his training with the Assassin’s order. He still has a hidden blade, but he also uses a cutlass, and a dagger for dual combat. We see him use the environment, and attrition to win his battles, by using poison barrels.
His combat abilities are different than that of the normal assassin. He can use his rifle to shoot darts into his victims. Of course the Assassin’s being the primary target, are what he is equipped for, and using his passion to destroy them is his motivation.
Haytham Kenway, as well as other Templar are returning for this installment. It takes place between the plots of Connor’s story arc. We already know the endgame for Haytham, but if he made a difference in the life of a younger Templar, it’s an Important plot line we need to analyze.
Problems with Assassin’s Creed Rouge:
Obviously there are pros, and cons with every game, and here’s our list of them.
Assassins are the enemy:
Assassin’s have always been the main enemy of the Templar order, and vice verse. However, we can clearly see, that so far three of their agents have utilized and performed their duties using Assassin’s training, not Templar.
Many fans main questions, circle around this fact, and need to understand how Shay turning against the order will help sway the tide of battle, and why It wasn’t enough to stop Connor, as we know they should meet in the storyline.
Graphics are cut and paste:
So far the frame rate, and graphics engine are mirrored from Assassin’s Creed 3-4. The recycled graphics, coupled with the fact that we’re revisiting a previous story again, is causing a lot of fans to ask why Ubisoft even bothered to create this game if they weren’t willing to invest the time, and money into making into it unique.
Making up for lost sales:
This Is the biggest speculated reason that Assassin’s Creed Rouge is being made. Assassin’s Creed III was by no means a perfect game, at most it was barely enjoyable.
Ubisoft did lose a lot of their investment with the title, so It would seem fitting that Assassin’s Creed Rouge would make up for Its successors loss, but to what end? If we the consumer have to make up for their mistake that’s simply unfair, and outrageous.
This could further widen the gap that developers have created with their customers, by producing “decent” product to pass it off as impressive to make a double payday. Such is comparable to Call of Duty in the form of their DLC season passes, as well as skin packs.
If we truly want to receive fantastic product worth our investment, we need to start making developers be accountable for their actions. Our choices with our faith, and confidence In them should be the defining factor that decides how they get paid.
Assassins Creed Rogue is slated for a fall release on PS3, and Xbox 360.
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