Assassin’s Creed Rogue is the upcoming installment in the Assassin’s Creed franchise. It is the eighth game in the series, fitting snugly in the timeline between Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Unity.

You play an actual assassin, for a change, by the name of Shay Patrick Cormac, though he does not stay an assassin for long. When an assignment for the order goes awry, Shay is abandoned by the Brotherhood and so turns to the Templar Order – hunting down assassins. You can find more details on the story in the game’s official announcement.

As a Templar, Shay is given access to all sorts of high tech (for the era) weapons and tools – chief among them is a brand new ship, the Morrigan. With a shallower draft than that of the Jackdaw, the Morrigan is capable of river travel. It is also equipped with weapons better than the ones mounted to the Jackdaw, again representing the Templar’s access to better technology.

In terms of gameplay, Rogue is pretty much Black Flag under a different name. You’ve got your naval combat, you’ve got harpooning, you’ve got forts and you’ve got convoys to raid and pillage. To freshen things up a bit, Rogue will see you sail all the way to the arctic – where the cold water will damage your health (so no diving missions) and ice will play an element in any naval maneuver.

Another new tool for you to use is the air rifle. A combination of dart gun and grenade launcher, it is capable of silently shooting darts loaded with different poisons such as a sleep dart or berserker dart as well as a new addition to the mix – the firecracker dart, capable of both distracting enemies with its loud bang as well as blowing up or setting fire to certain objects in the game world.

Assassin’s Creed Rogue will release for PS3 and Xbox 360 on November 11. Below we have an interview with Karl Luhe, producer on the game, who talks about the new features and gameplay.

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