Gaming Roundup: Assassin’s Creed: Rogue Targets Your Inner Arctic Explorer

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In the surprising-yet-not category, Ubisoft revealed earlier this week that they’re officially cranking out yet another Assassin’s Creed game this year. Assassin’s Creed: Rogue launches this holiday season, and appears to be a last-gen peace offering to gamers who haven’t yet upgraded to the Xbox One or PS4, and accordingly have no means to play the forthcoming Assassin’s Creed: Unity. While more dedicated fans will likely be able to speak to this with more authority than I… is anyone else getting burned out on this franchise simply due to the sheer volume of content being churned out?

Rogue places the gamer in the shoes of one Shay Patrick Cormac, a Templar who was formerly an Assassin before being betrayed by his guild. The game is set in the mid-18th century and features such locales as the Arctic, old New York, and Quebec. As was the case with Black Flag, naval warfare will play a prominent role, as will Arctic exploration. Rogue’s story is set to bridge the gap between AC III and Black Flag, and will also feature tie-ins to the next-gen exclusive Unity.

Of note is the fact that this is the third major Assassin’s Creed title launching within an approximate calendar year, and that when it really comes down to it, not much has changed for the franchise in terms of gameplay and general mechanics in quite some time. While the refinement of and heightened focus on naval warfare in recent games was a nice touch, the grinding nature of the AC universe and land mechanics could use a refresh. The new historical environments given to players to explore help keep the games from getting too stale, but doing the same things over again in different locales can get old by the 7th or 8th entry. It feels like Ubisoft is set on wearing out its star franchise, though who are we to argue with these sales numbers? Taking a little time off between the next release or two to explore new innovations might be a wise move in the long run, and to the developer’s credit, the co-op mode coming with Unity may well end up becoming a promising start along this path.

Assassin’s Creed: Rogue launches November 11 for the Xbox 360 and PS3.

In other gaming news this week, Sony continues to dominate Microsoft in sales, Bioshock hits iOS, and Resident Evil gets another reset. Read on!

  • Sony’s onslaught on Microsoft continues, as this week we learned the PS4 has outsold the Xbox One by a 3 to 1 ratio through the first quarter of 2014.
  • In more unfortunate news for Microsoft, it sounds like the Xbox One’s 1080p resolution issues will be sticking around for a little while.
  • Evolve, one of the next-gen games we’re most looking forward to, had its launch date pushed to February 2015, giving developer Turtle Rock Studios some extra time for polish.
  • No Man’s Sky is one of the PS4’s most anticipated games, but PC gamers got some good news this week; while the game remains a PS4 exclusive at launch, it will eventually hit the PC as well.
  • The Dead Island movie is reportedly… wait for it… back from the dead, as the game’s publisher Deep Silver (in partnership with Occupant Entertainment) is looking to push into production by early 2015.
  • The Last of Us Remastered is an amazing PS4 game for gamers who’ve never experienced its beautiful apocalypse, but it sounds like those of us who played the PS3 version won’t miss too much by holding onto our last-gen copies.
  • Speaking of The Last of Us, did you catch these tie-in Twitter feeds in-game during your playthrough? We didn’t. They’re pretty cool, and just go to show the level of detail Naughty Dog poured into their masterpiece.
  • Ever wanted to drop into Rapture during your commute? Soon you’ll be able to, as 2K is planning to port the original Bioshock to iOS.
  • Sony has passed on EA’s monthly game subscription service, EA Access, because they don’t believe it offers “good value” in comparison to PlayStation Plus.
  • Finally, Capcom is launching a new remake of the original Resident Evil for PC, Xbox 360/One, and PS3/4. The remake reportedly controls a new, optimized control scheme that will introduce an element of modernity to the gaming classic.
  • See you next week, by which point we fully expect Ubi to have announced two more Assassin’s Creed games coming soon.

If there are games you’d like us to cover or blogs you think we should be following for more news, please let us know @tdelucci or @pritpaulbains.

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