Assassin's Creed Rogue's Hero Is "Brash and Arrogant," But Also Has a Conscience

Shay Patrick Cormack is searching for purpose after his father's death.

[If you don't want to know anything about Assassin's Creed Rogue's story or characters, don't read on]

In Assassin's Creed Rogue, launching this fall for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, you play as a Templar named Shay Patrick Cormack. But who is this man and what drives him? Writer Susan Patrick explains in a new blog post on the Ubisoft website.

Shay Patrick Cormac

"He's brash and arrogant, but has a conscience," Patrick says. "Born to Irish immigrants in New York, Shay finds himself searching for purpose after his father passes away. It is at this point that the Assassins find him and take him in. Despite becoming a successful Assassin, Shay will start to question the motivations of the Brotherhood and eventually, seek redemption by hunting the Assassins down."

Also of note, Cormac is a Gaelic name that means "Raven." And his ship, The Morrigan, is named after the Irish goddess of battle and strife, who often appeared as a raven. "Shay and his ship were truly meant for each other," Patrick says.

Regarding the overall story for Assassin's Creed Rogue, it will dive into the Templar world and show gamers what the world looks like through their eyes as opposed to the Brotherhood. Patrick also points out that the Assassins you've played in past games maybe aren't the most wholesome of people. "In the series up till this point, we've generally presented the Assassins as noble heroes and the Templars as scheming villains," she said. "But in Rogue, we are going to turn that on its head and show you the other side."

Assassin's Creed Rogue takes place in the 1750s and 1760s during the the Seven Years' War, or the French & Indian War, as it is also known. This war was fought in Europe and the Colonies in America, and the global nature of this campaign is part of the reason why Ubisoft chose this time period. "The other reason we chose this time period was because it fit in perfectly with the Kenway saga," Patrick said. "And as eagle-eyed fans have spotted, Haytham makes an appearance in Rogue."

Haytham Kenway, a Templar, first appeared in Assassin's Creed III. When Cormack meets Kenway in Assassin's Creed Rogue, he looks to him as a role model, Patrick says, adding that both characters have things to learn from one another. As for whether or not Assassin's Creed fans will notice any other familiar faces in Assassin's Creed Rogue, Patrick teased, "Fans who are familiar with the series and know a little bit about the timeline can probably piece a few things together."

Assassin's Creed Rogue, launching November 11, is one of two new Assassin's Creed games launching this year, following October's Assassin's Creed Unity for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. That game is set in Renaissance Paris.

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csthomas888
csthomas888

I'm buying it. I am getting a tad burned out on AC games despite being a fanboy. Problem is the games are (almost) always high quality, so it's hard to bitch about what is obviously a Ubisoft money grab when I enjoy it sooo much.

raptor1998
raptor1998

I'll go ahead and guess that the Assasssins killed his father.

Creed02
Creed02

I don't see any points to buy this game..

Arda_Daghan212
Arda_Daghan212

I feel like he's gonna end up being an Assassin in the end. I'd be happy if he didn't though, and the game focused on Templars being "good". Gonna get this game after its price is down to $30 or less.

isshiah
isshiah

Impressive...most impressive. 

Jaydub_BasedGod
Jaydub_BasedGod

Rouge is certainly sweet on the storyline, but still looking more forward to Unity, where Ubisoft actually put the most effort into.

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

That's nice.  What's the gameplay like, or does that even matter with AC anymore?

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Interesting stuff. I love a good crossover, and it could be interesting to get the Templar's perspective. So long as Ubisoft doesn't balls it up.

justbefahad
justbefahad

Shay is the most interesting character in this franchise so far, at least for me. But they should seriously stop describing every character as "brash and arrogant that eventually grows up", they are experts at making things repetitive.

179107199999
179107199999

They keep going in to the past. What they don't know how to make an AC game for present time? They almost did...until they got rid of Desmond...

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Oh, so he's just like EVERY SINGLE ASSASSIN'S CREED PROTAGONIST?  Thanks, we really needed an article about this.

OllieBrown
OllieBrown

There are a lot of things that I'm wondering about AC Rogue.  The personality of the main character is not one of them. Standard heterosexual middle-aged white male, like every other mainstream AAA game protagonist.  I'm pretty sure "Brash and arrogant" but "with a conscience" describes every other AC main character as well.

sonyonly4
sonyonly4

What Moisturizer did you use Ubisoft to make those dried up udders produce twice as much milk this year ?

catsimboy
catsimboy

As long as they don't make him turn back to the Assassin's in the end I'll be happy. I hate it when games have you play as the bad guys, empire, etc. and then have you switch to the "freedom fighters" because your character saw something they weren't supposed or your boss just decides to betray you.

unreal849
unreal849

Daddy issues involving Haytham? Hello, Connor 2.0!

Stebsis
Stebsis

Kind of stupid they're not putting this on PC

mr_ned_flanders
mr_ned_flanders

And while my comment is pending, let's listen to some music from the upcoming game, Bloodborne, oh wait there is none!

gamer7736
gamer7736

@179107199999 I wish they'd make one. I don't like where the Hitman games are headed. Maybe there will be levels where you can assassinate a human trafficker who tricks illegal immigrants and cuts them up for spare parts to sell to rich people who need transplants, a dirty businessman who makes millions repackaging novelty dowsing rods and sells them as bomb detectors to corrupt army generals causing innocents to be misidentified as terrorists and tortured, and a huge game developer that won't stop making sh*tty recycled games every few months that's always the same overhyped thing, loaded to the brim with DLC and DRM, and stuck with unnecessary and annoying management systems. Maybe the last one can be a DLC level.

justbefahad
justbefahad

@179107199999 Give them some time, its only been one game since Desmond happily left us in peace. The modern-day story of Black Flag was shitty at the least, but they can surely work on it over the course of the next 10 Assassin Creeds.

crusaderprophet
crusaderprophet

@179107199999 I think a modern-day AC will just not fit in...same as a WWII AC sounds like too corny, but you never know

Proftally
Proftally

@Thanatos2k he is very brash, from the cg trailer he had to aim into his rifle to shoot an assassin lying 2 feet away

justbefahad
justbefahad

@Thanatos2k He's not like every single protagonist, they just don't have enough vocabulary to use any words apart from "brash" and "arrogant", they use them for every protagonist making them all look the same. Poor virtual lads.

python1026
python1026

@sonyonly4 In it's defense, Rogue is the milked one, Unity on the other hand revamped the core elements of the game.

crusaderprophet
crusaderprophet

@aniruddh22 hey man, how's it going? i think we cannot judge either one to be better than other. both installments has it's own goals to serve for the series. one is to mainly complete the north american saga while Unity is pretty much rethinking the series. so we can only hope that they meet the expectations of their supposed goals behind their creations. it is too early to say which is better, even after playing them i think it is more about the taste of each players.

unreal849
unreal849

@catsimboy  It's actually kind of likely IMO.


Look at how AC3 turned out - they started off by giving a "balanced" look at the Templars and portrayed them as normal people, intentionally letting the player mistake them for Assassins. But by the second half of the game, Haytham and Crew turned back into the cartoon villains that the Templars were in the Ezio games. Nothing was gained, and we were back to the simple "good versus evil" story before the game was over.



My guess for the ending of Rogue - Our protagonist realizes the error of his ways and sacrifices himself nobly for the Assassin cause. Everyone here owes me ten bucks if it's true :P

crusaderprophet
crusaderprophet

@unreal849 father and son bonding is one of THE strongest emotions and driving force that exists out there in the history of human beings so...not sure where you are from but it is an universal emotion that has driven plenty of successful people to achieve and do great things in life.

leandrombraz
leandrombraz

@Stebsis Stupid would be to do it now, there would be 2 ACs competing against each other, which is bad for Ubisoft. Rogue was created to fill the void that Unity left in the last gen consoles and most certainly will be announced for PC/PS4/Xbone later, so it doesn't conflict with Unity release.

justbefahad
justbefahad

@crusaderprophet I think he meant that he kills ordinary, innocent people (which apparently is a perk for being a Templar), which shows that he has a rather...meek conscience. In most action games, we kill others for a reason, like that soldier who is hired to work for the enemy, or the gangster who has lost all morals. Small reasons but reasons enough. Not the case with Shay though.

179107199999
179107199999

@Proftally @179107199999 no. Look at the Arkham series. It can work. As for Watch dogs it was another fancy shooter nothing more. To say that Ubisoft can't make a modern AC game after what was started in the 1st and what happened when Desmond started tapping in to his genetic heritage you can't tell me they can't make that happen. You don't give Ubisoft enough credit. All the new next gen tech and you say it won't work. In the game Times change weapons change and tech changes. If anything a modern Assassin would be more effective with some of the tech we have today.

179107199999
179107199999

@justbefahad 10 games?  Let's see..AC1,2 Bloodlines,3,Liberation,Revelation, Assassin's creed chronicles ,Black Flag,now Rogue and Unity. If I'm not mistaken that's 10 games and they all dealt with the past. After the creator left AC got stale. It was suppose to be 3 games but UBI loves to milk. They took control of the story and derailed it. Desmond didn't get the send off he was meant to have.

179107199999
179107199999

@crusaderprophet @179107199999 Thing is. Templars and Assassins have been at it for ages. Desmond ran from the farm but was found anyway.You have to figure all that stuff was happening around him still. It can work.

kvan33
kvan33

Ezio was "cocky" and "pretentious" while I find that Atair was more "audacious" and "haughty".

Arda_Daghan212
Arda_Daghan212

@SingletreeAve @Jaydub_BasedGod Yeah it definitely is pretty much the same as Black Flag gameplay-wise. I'm not getting this game till there's a considerable price drop. Looking forward to Unity though. 

justbefahad
justbefahad

@179107199999 Sorry I don't get your point. *Wears helmet to make all that upcoming bashing tolerable*

179107199999
179107199999

@justbefahad @179107199999 my bad.  Point is Their at 10 games and the story is just a long back story nothing more.If the original creator was there we would've had a more definitive ending and the series would be more respectable. Its a milked cow that may end up becoming nothing more than a cow pie

179107199999
179107199999

@crusaderprophet @179107199999 haven't seen a bourne movie.What I can say is after seeing some Altairs running around my city and how tech can change I do believe its possible. My point was suppose to be that Desmond was the major Assassin who was to be the definitve protaganist that put everything together and take down the templars but that ain't happenin now

justbefahad
justbefahad

@179107199999 Oh, now I get it. Thanks for the clarification. Yeah, I agree. They have deliberately shaped the story in such a way that they can consistently milk it for a long time, which in the ends make it a product of poor quality. It could have been great if they hadn't decided to make it a cash cow instead of a respectable franchise like Uncharted or Hitman.