Assassin's Creed Rogue Doesn't Have Multiplayer; Tons of Other Details Emerge

Your ship is called the Morrigan and it has machine guns; you can also hunt narwhals and polar bears; Haytham Kenway from Assassin's Creed III makes an appearance.

One day after the game's official announcement, tons of Assassin's Creed Rogue details have emerged, perhaps the most interesting of which is that the game has no multiplayer. It is a single-player-only game, according to the extensive preview of the game from the September issue of Game Informer.

Assassin's Creed Rogue becomes the first Assassin's Creed game to leave out multiplayer since 2009's Assassin's Creed II. However, this year's other Assassin's Creed game--Assassin's Creed Unity for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC--does include multiplayer in the form of four-player co-op.

Game Informer's Assassin's Creed Rogue coverage includes loads of other details about the game, which we have rounded up and listed below. You can buy the September issue of Game Informer right here.

Assassin's Creed Rogue details:

  • Launching November 11 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Asked if the game is also coming to PC or Wii U, a Ubisoft representative said, "Nothing more to share."
  • The main character is Shay Patrick Cormac, an Assassin-turned-Templar
  • The story will tell how Shay left the Order to become a Templar; you will play "many" missions as an Assassin before reaching a point where Shay says, "This is wrong, and I have to do something about it."
  • Ubisoft won't say what that pivotal moment is, but Shay has a scar that suggests he has undergone more than just emotional distress
  • Set between 1752 and 1761 during Seven Years' War, also known as the French and Indian War
  • There is an "overt link" between Assassin's Creed Rogue and Assassin's Creed Unity, and it happens near the final moment of the game. "There is a tie-in," Ubisoft says about the games
  • It has a significant naval component, which builds off Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
  • Your ship is called the Morrigan; is smaller than Jackdaw from Black Flag because it needs to navigate rivers and narrow channels
  • Your vessel can be boarded by enemy forces, so you'll need to defend your crew to survive
  • You will spend your time at land and sea throughout the Eastern part of North America
  • The Morrigan is outfitted with Puckle guns, which are prototype machine guns
  • You can also drop oil barrels into the water and light them on fire to keep people from following you
  • You'll need to avoid icebergs when in your boat, but you can also use them for cover in battle
  • You can swim in the frigid waters, but you'll see the screen freezing up and your health going down if you stay in too long
  • Eagle vision has been enhanced, and now features a compass ring around your character, pointing out objects and shining red to indicate a threat
  • Being a Templar has its advantages, like better, more high-tech weapons
  • New weapons include an air rifle, grenade launcher, and smoke grenades
  • You can distract guards with a firecracker gun and cover your face with a bandana to protect yourself from poisonous gasses
  • New Assassin Interception feature lets you intercept assassination targets. "What if [the Templar] knows who the target is and wants to stop the Assassin? That's a question that we've answered with gameplay in Assassin's Creed Rogue," Ubisoft says
  • You can hunt polar bears and narwhals
  • Assassin's Creed Rogue completes the North American trilogy of Assassin's Creed III and Black Flag
  • Assassin's Creed's III's Haytham Kenway makes an appearance
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rhaziel77
rhaziel77

Another introduction to Rogue is Ammo refill, containers, and Barrels you can explode with sleeping powder (hence the bandana) and Berserk powder. You explode the barrels (like in blackflag) but it affects an 'area' unlike the darts you shoot. A new (modern day) hacking system. and missions feel free-er instead of hand guided-This in particular caught me by surprise in some tailing missions early in the game. It's a little free-er in how you do some of your missions. Especially the sea missions because of the icy waters (if in to long will kill you). so climbing onto a ship isn't always best, as if you go into the water, then climb the boat to board it, you can get caught up by the enemy's pushing you back into the water with their hits. The brought back some rock climbing (only certain ones) like in AC3, but most are still unclimbable. So even though it's very much similar in a lot of ways to AC4, quite a bit as changed. Just don't expect to turn templar right away, as stated it will take quite a few missions to that point. I have been playing since launch (a few hours each day) and have yet to finish all the missions of sequence 2. It might seem a little more confusing for first time AC players, because it is less guided. The world map seems huge. (Two parts-you have to get to a ocean fast point to get to N. Atlantic, or back into the Canada regions). if you liked the naval component of AC4 you will love this game. there's a lot of sea to cover. some areas are very tight and narrow. I even fought a level 49 man-o-war in my 2nd sequence (string of missions) after dying a few times I beat it.This was a full health Man-o-war not the 'close to defeat one. The other 'best part' is unlike AC4 your friendly boats WILL help (if close by) you if you attack other ships.

corteztheg
corteztheg

Yes Yes!! this news excites my Johnson

Fossilis
Fossilis

Think its safe to say that a good amount of players are NOT interested in the multiplayer option. I never cared for it myself. Why? Because I suck at PVP as they say. Yes, I admitted it and I'm not ashamed of it. I am a firm believer that not every game needs or is worthy of the multiplayer option. Example: Uncharted

The multiplayer aspect of that game was horrid. 


Honestly, the AC series is in need of some serious revamping. Putting a new coat of paint on something doesn't make it "new" or even remotely inviting if you aren't going to actually give us something new we can sink our teeth into. I played AC:BF in hopes of it being different from AC3. Nope! I really don't see myself giving up anymore money for AC games that aren't actually new. 

b1ank
b1ank

  • Eagle vision has been enhanced, and now features a compass ring around your character, pointing out objects and shining red to indicate a threat

Next you'll be able to use eagle vision to just outright kill the target. Was bad enough you could see through walls with it in 4. Also why does everyone in the series has this ability? Thought it was ment to be a select few from Desmonds bloodline?

nengtaka
nengtaka

The first Assassin's Creed game that came out with multiplayer was Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood.... Not Assassin's Creed 2.

YOURMOM204
YOURMOM204

In some ways I am looking forward to this game more than Unity but in others I am not. This game does seem to have a WAY more interesting story than Unity, and playing as a Templar is a cool idea. BUT... I have never really liked the naval stuff in AC so it makes me mad to see it return in yet another game. I just hope that Rogue will stay more true to the roots of the AC franchise rather than being a pirate simulator like Black Flag was. 


I do think Unity's biggest advantages over Rogue though are going to be the revamped parkour and stealth mechanics, as well as the huge crowds and the overall stunning graphics.

jakdaw12
jakdaw12

I never cared about the multiplayer. It is stupid and is unnescasary. AC is meant only for a single player story NOTHING ELSE! Stop working on multiplayer and work on the Single PLayer

SaudiFury
SaudiFury

I will get both Rogue and Unity 

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Lack of multiplayer makes me want to buy this instead of Unity, even though it's last gen.

HEAR THAT UBISOFT?? "Multiplayer for an assassin game is STUPID!" -- said at least ONE of your long-lasting AC customers...

mymomma69
mymomma69

this game sounds so much more interesting than unity

Ayzed
Ayzed

No multiplayer means the game will be awesome. Fuck multiplayer!

seven7swords
seven7swords

I never cared about multiplayer but I wouldn't wish it gone because I know some enjoyed it. I am glade that I can have a chance to Platinum this entry with out playing multiplayer. I hated that some trophies where muliplayer only. 

huyi12
huyi12

good, no mp, i'm actually interested in this game more than unity now because of that.

LoganDaDestroya
LoganDaDestroya

Oh finally, a game about the Templars, that actually sounds interesting.

Vodoo
Vodoo

I would really like if Ubisoft made an AC game in the current day. Like I wanna see how the whole story unfolds in the present day with the same type of things Desmond dealt with, but after him.

Then they could maybe do a future one. Maybe making contact with remnants of that ancient alien race. They need to update the scenery a bit. AC 4 was the best at that so far.

advocacy
advocacy

Polar bear hunting.  My life is complete.

MrPretzel
MrPretzel

I'm so glad you lose health in icy water. AC3 had realistic LOOKING winters, but for a Montreal-based team, they sure missed the real dangers of frigid weather.

Cattlefield4
Cattlefield4

End of the North American Trilogy? Well, I guess we can throw out cowboys, the civil war, and other cool ideas. Also, WHY DOESN'T ANYBODY LIKE CONNOR???

isshiah
isshiah

Although I am a big fan and enjoy the games, I feel like the main story could have been compressed and not drawn out slowly in so many games. 

Vodoo
Vodoo

Sounds like it builds more off Watch Dogs than other AC games.

Vodoo
Vodoo

This game actually looks better than AC Unity.Glad I kept my 360.

But I do think putting out TWO games is a bit ridiculous. They're obviously trying to take advantage by having gamers buy 2 copies for their different systems. Instead of buying a collectors edition, now, by splitting the series up, they're pretty much ensuring that AC fans will buy both.

I have the XB1, PS4, & 360 but I think I'm gonna just get Rogue. I much rather get a next-gen game, but Rogue actually looks interesting to me. Unity does not.

chieflion
chieflion

To be honest i never wanted to be a Templar.

Fuck templars. 

They are control freaks and rapists and murderers. 

Assassins are bad ass and mysterious.

Im still buying this. Anything AC is for me.

brain-pudding
brain-pudding

I can understand the feeling of distress that AC might transform into another CoD, but Ubisoft has been doing an OK job in making it a bit fresh and different with every release (although it's not enough to justify yearly releases). On the other hand, releasing a game every year (this time twice in a year) can dilute the excitement that comes with every game. It's much like eating pizza. Pizza is great, and it will always be great. But having a slice with every meal for half a year will probably get you sick, and you'd want to stay away from it for a looong time. It would be a good idea to give the series a rest for year or 2.

XIntoTheBlue
XIntoTheBlue

Is it me or is Ubisoft milking the time period these last few AC games have been placed in?

Acquire
Acquire

They need to put this on the PC.

Hurvl
Hurvl

The ship is called The Morrigan? No one expects the (ripping off names from Dragon Age) Inquisition.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

No multi-player is a big positive for me. I might actually pick this one up. I am slightly worried that they're going to be overloading this one with all the features though. I thought they did that with Revelations. Apart from that, I'm starting to wonder how much further they can stretch the story. I don't know why, but I've never found the plots of Assassin's Creed all that memorable as it is.

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

Ah, I see.  Black Flag Lite as a bone to last-gen consoles.

brownyyy
brownyyy

Does anyone else feel like the characters are becoming to cliche I mean this guy has been an assassin for years and the goes oh this is wrong il join the templars and then continue doing the same thing but for the otherside.

Conner with his Im protecting my home story when he instigates and give the very people attacking his home a free pass rubbish.

Edward with his I play by my own rules but they happen to be what you guys want and need to get what you need but realise before its to late but ultimately make good cliche.

Anyone???

I just feel they should stop for a while you know. I know they wont coz they sell but still.

rhaziel77
rhaziel77

and Ammo isn't as ready to come-by. I've actually have had to stop at some ports, or look for the ammo refill crates, or shops. I imagine it's so players will choose more wisely how they use the tools they are given. So I warn you, at least when you are first starting out, don't just shoot everyone on the ship you board, or you will find yourself in the N. Atlantic part have to sail back (unless you fats travel assuming you've unlocked the locale), for hours to refill your ammo, or find islands with enemies, kill and loot them for additional ammo. 

rhaziel77
rhaziel77

Oh and the use of crowds to blend in is better and naturally more encouraged to use. similar to how the multi-player was. With the exception of sequence 1, you pretty much have full reign. of land and sea. making it very early on to get free roam. My first day with it I actually got lost at sea for a minute as tried to understand the map system. (because of the two parts. It does do the typical how-to missions, but after those are getting close to the end the game will leave you to navigate back from a 'Hard' area in the sea. (The Man-o-War which so happens to be by an enemy fort area as well). You do get your darts earlier than other games of the series, though and the berserk dart seems to work better. In 4 I used them but half the time the Berserk enemy would try to attack me while I'm hiding-Needless to say that hasn't happened. But don't expect to change your outfit anytime soon, though as you will be an Assassin for a bit.

jitalshqip74
jitalshqip74

@Fossilis I agree with your assessment of multiplayer in the AC franchise. Never been a fan of multiplayer in general. (Like you, I too suck at it.) Only play at it for extra achievement points or Uplay points.

I much prefer to delve deep into single player, which is why I tend toward completionist tendencies. 

Atzenkiller
Atzenkiller

@Fossilis  Uncharted 2's mp mode was actually quite good, especially the 3 co-op missions. Sadly they were only 3. U3 was a step back though.

Fossilis
Fossilis

@nengtaka  "Assassin's Creed Rogue becomes the first Assassin's Creed game to leave out multiplayer since 2009's Assassin's Creed II."


Reread. They are saying AC2 was the last game to not have multiplayer in the AC series.

thefossilis
thefossilis

@nengtaka  "Assassin's Creed Rogue becomes the first Assassin's Creed game to leave out multiplayer since 2009's Assassin's Creed II."  


Pretty sure that wasn't the message they were talking about. Never mentioned it was AC2 that came out with multiplayer.

jitalshqip74
jitalshqip74

@YOURMOM204

For my part, the naval stuff in AC4BF was fun. Preferred being on water than on land. (Although I did enjoy infiltrating areas and stealthily killing guards while preventing an alarm bell from being rung. Those were challenging.) And I like the added concept in Rogue of my ship being attacked and boarded and having to defend it, instead of only boarding disabled ships.


Can't wait to see how the revamped parkour will be in Unity, as well as Paris drawn to a 1 : 1 scale. 

rhaziel77
rhaziel77

@Vodoo Watchdogs as a 'kinda' attempt at that. Even one side mission where you killed the old Abstergo CEO. But seriously? modern day? A modern day assassins is a sniper, or drone operator. lol. I'm joking. I didn't mind the modern day setting of some of the Creed games, but the Mayan one. The plot was dumb because historically there was never a 'mayan' prophecy. It was just their end of a millennium, where the calendar resets and starts again. But my biggest grip is in a otherwise gorgeous graphics game, when I saw Juno-Menerva- I was like "Wow... way to drop the ball on that one". I like the historic parts. Ubisoft has Farcry and now Watchdogs for modernday-ish stuff.

mymomma69
mymomma69

connor wasnt bad i liked him too but a lot of ezio fanboys were so pissed when they found out no more italian friend they just complained so much about connor

kidflash2000
kidflash2000

@Hurvl Morrigan isn't just a name from Dragon Age: Origins and Inquisition. It is the name of a figure from Irish mythology. Dragon Age ripped off the name from real life stuff and used it in a fantasy settings (seriously so much elf lore is real life Irish/Celtic myths). 

zinten
zinten

@Hurvl That was used long before dragon age. If da used bob as a name would that forbid all future games from using bob as well ?

grenadehh
grenadehh

@Hurvl As long as it has Morrigan as the mast figurine. The Capcom one. It won't.

brownyyy
brownyyy

@PlatinumPaladin I think they ran out of ideas by AC2 so they just kept reusing ezio until it killed him. all the other characters have been so 1 dimentional and so have thier stories

Hurvl
Hurvl

@kidflash2000 @Hurvl Apart from the Capcom game Darkstalkers, Wikipedia says she's also a character in Runescape. I knew it was a mythological name, like so many game characters' names, but I had never heard of her name in a game other than Dragon Age and decided to joke about it.