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Assassin’s Creed: Rogue – Getting the HD treatment, Heading to Consoles on March 23rd

Ubisoft has successfully reintroduced the art of assassinations within historical settings with the release of last year’s Assassin’s Creed: Origins. Coming off of a 2-year hiatus, Assassins’ Creed: Origins has been widely praised and very positively received, with gamers praising the title for polishing and buffering the strengths the franchise always had.

The story, combat, and stellar presentation made a remarkable impression upon both older fans and newer fans. Rising the momentum, Ubisoft made the announcement of a relatively new Assassin’s Creed that will, fortunately, be getting its time in the spotlight. Ubisoft has announced that 2014’s Assassin’s Creed: Rogue is getting the HD remastered treatment, and will be releasing on March 20th, 2018

Assassin’s Creed: Rogue was the last primary installment of Assassin’s Creed on the last-generation of gaming systems. The game serves as both a sequel to Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, and as a prequel to Assassin’s Creed III as well as Assassin’s Creed: Unity.

Assassin's Creed: Rogue

The game focuses on the newest member of the Colonial Brotherhood of Assassins, Shay Cormac. While investigating a mysterious artifact and the Templar presence attracted to it, Cormac is set up in a trap, orchestrated by the Brotherhood. Shot and left for dead, he is eventually resuscitated in New York City. Disavowed, he spends his days cleaning up the streets of New York with the skills learned as an assassin, until a chance meeting brings him back into conflict. Now, as a Rogue assassin, there are no rules, except for the rule of revenge.

As the game is set as both a prequel and sequel, players have access to a variety of gameplay mechanics in Assassin’s Creed: Rogue. Players will have access to guns and pistols for combat while being able to use fashioned iron weapons for melee combat. Cormac’s ship is designed for both open water and river travel, and players will encounter enemies on the seas.  Whether it is ship-to-ship combat or enemies jumping on the vessel, players will need to be swift and brutal to successfully fend off invaders. The melee combat, in particular, is more attuned to the mechanics established in the Batman Arkham games than in previous titles.

The news of an Assassin’s Creed: Rogue Remaster is quite surprising and positive, as the game was shadowed by the bigger release at the time, Assassin’s Creed: Unity. Assassin’s Creed: Unity arrived in November 2014, promising innovative mechanics such as online co-op for assassinations, and new graphical enhancements, especially as the game was set during The French Revolution.

Assassin's Creed: Rogue

However, Assassin’s Creed: Unity was a fundamental disaster on launch day, with the event leaving residual effects that continued long after the game’s release. Assassin’s Creed: Unity was essentially broken, ripe with bugs, glitches, and imperfections that effectively ruined the experience, as well as made the game an internet meme. Ubisoft would later release a massive update, somewhere around 40 gigabytes, that would fix many problems. But by that time, the damage was done. With Unity’s woes and the upcoming release of 2015’s Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, Assasin’s Creed: Rogue was swept into the shadows.

Rogue will have a new chance in March, and continue to the excitement that has been set by 2017’s Origins. Assassin’s Creed: Rogue lands on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on March 201th, 2018.

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