Assassin's Creed Rogue

Assassin's Creed Rogue is a surprisingly great extension of Black Flag, echoing many of that game's best achievements.

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Assassin's Creed Rogue Remastered sets sail in March

Assassin's Creed Rogue (aka Black Flag 2) is getting a remastered launch for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

All DLC missions and weapon packs will be included, along with a new outfit - the one worn by Assassin's Creed Oranges hero Bayek in last year's new game.

There's 4K support if you're on a PlayStation 4 Pro or Xbox One X (alternatively, it runs at 1080p on PS4 and Xbox One).

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Assassin's Creed is a series all about history - well, that and stabbing people in the neck. So, for the release of Origins, we thought we'd celebrate by delving into the history of the series. It's a lot less messy than doing the stabbing in the neck thing ourselves.

FeatureAssassin's Creed: the story so far

Everything is permitted.

There will likely never be a better entry point to Assassin's Creed than Origins, released today. A prequel set a thousand years before the events of Assassin's Creed 1, Origins can be enjoyed as your first experience of the series.

Face-Off: Assassin's Creed Rogue

Digital FoundryFace-Off: Assassin's Creed Rogue

Cross-gen engine enhancements make the new PC version the pick of the bunch.

Designed with last-gen consoles in mind, Assassin's Creed Rogue slipped under the radar somewhat owing to the controversy surrounding its Unity stable-mate's bugs, glitches and questionable performance. Built using the same technology behind Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, Rogue may not deliver the same graphical punch as the next-gen Unity, but some might say that it offers a more liberating gameplay experience when freed from the shackles of on-land exploration. Perhaps more importantly, it doesn't suffer from as many bugs - even if it still features a few random glitches of its own, such as enemy characters disappearing in battle.

Rogue was released late last year on Xbox 360 and PS3, but has only just made its way onto PC - as good an opportunity as ever to revisit a game we didn't have the resources to cover in the deluge of Q4 2014 releases, and to check out the last-gen engine's twilight outing on PC. Well, to cut to the chase, there's good news and there's bad news here: PC owners get to enjoy all of the engine enhancements made for the PC/Xbox One and PS4 versions of Black Flag - features that simply aren't present on the last-gen releases. However, of the existing versions, the Xbox 360 release falls a little short, with some bizarre visual downgrades that lead to poorer image quality, without necessarily bringing about a consistent increase in performance.

What's clear is that the PC version of Rogue offers up the most technically advanced Assassin's Creed experience out of the bunch. Plumes of volumetric smoke flood the screen when cannons and handguns are fired, leaving thick clouds floating across the battlefield (these elements are displayed as flat 2D alpha sprites on consoles), while physics-based foliage reacts with the wind and characters, swaying and bending when disturbed. The ocean is also graced with another layer of waves and shader effects compared to the 360 and PS3 versions, more realistically replicating how the water surface appears. All of these effects are enhancements to AnvilNext made for AC4's debut on current-gen consoles, added to the PC version by default and very welcome here in Assasin's Creed Rogue.

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Assassin's Creed: Rogue PC release date, eye-tracking support confirmed

Assassin's Creed: Rogue PC release date, eye-tracking support confirmed

Pre-order via Uplay and get another AC title free.

Ubisoft has confirmed a 10th March PC release date for Assassin's Creed: Rogue in Europe.

The nautical adventure was originally released year for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and served as an offering for last-gen platforms that missed out on PS4/Xbox One entry Assassin's Creed: Unity.

Rogue's story acts as a coda to the Colonial North American era covered in AC3 and AC4: Black Flag, and sees the return of various fan favourite characters.

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Assassin's Creed Rogue review

It's easy to forget that Ubisoft really hit on something with Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag. It was one of those open-world games where you might set off towards a mission marker with good intentions, but you would seldom get there because you would be too busy being dragged this way and that by compelling diversions. It turns out Assassin's Creed Rogue is effectively Black Flag 2, and that's fine by me.

Rogue stars Shay Patrick Cormac, an extremely Irish man (who sounds too much like football commentator Jim Beglin for me to take seriously) who falls out of love with the Assassin order after they accidentally kill thousands of people while digging up First Civilisation artefacts. He subsequently joins the Templars.

There was a time when the lure of playing the bad guys in Assassin's Creed would have been irresistible. I still remember the first game, waking up in a futuristic science prison where I was forced to explore my genetic memories by a shady organisation. I remember desperately wanting to get out of those glossy grey rooms and discover what was going on.

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Assassin's Creed: Unity launch beats Black Flag's in UK chart

Assassin's Creed: Unity launch beats Black Flag's in UK chart

Halo: The Master Chief Collection in at three.

Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed: Unity has entered the UK sales chart in second place.

Activision's first-person shooter Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare held on to the top spot despite a 77 per cent fall in sales, according to official figures from Chart-Track. Unity missed out by 16,000 sales.

However, it seems Unity has done well. The PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game outsold the launch of last year's game, Assassin's Creed: 4: Black Flag, which originally debuted on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 to a significantly higher install base.

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Remember when people complained about Assassin's Creed releasing once every year? Yeah... The fact that Ubisoft is now launching two full-sized games from the same series on the same date is fairly ridiculous, but at least the company has not been too coy about its motives. Focusing just on Assassin's Creed: Unity would have excluded the large number of console owners still without a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, Ubisoft has said, and more to the point would have excluded a large slice of the annual Assassin's Creed cash pie.

Watch Assassin's Creed recreated with cats

They always land on their feet.

Back in July Ubisoft sponsored a live-action Assassin's Creed trailer starring a group of professional parkour enthusiasts. Now, some fans at YouTube channel Mr.TVCow have made their own impressive live-action Assassin's Creed short with one small change: its assassins are cats.

Assassin's Creed Rogue trailer reveals a returning character

Ubisoft's new trailer for Assassin's Creed: Rogue has confirmed the appearance of a familiar face and revealed a few more details on the game's plot.

The footage reveals the return of Adéwalé, the pirate-turned-Assassin who became your first mate in Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag and who was the star of that game's Freedom Cry expansion.

Now a few years older, Adé appears to be an antagonist in Rogue due to the new game's focus on Assassin-turned-Templar Shay Cormac, who befriends Assassin's Creed 3 character Haytham Kenway.

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