We already knew that Assassin's Creed Rogue would be set between the timelines of AC III and Black Flag - specifically between the years of 1752 and 1761 in several parts of North America. But it seems there will be even more cross over than we originally thought.
The lead character is Shay Patrick Cormac - that's a pretty Irish name - and a new developers blog from Ubisoftsheds some light on where he came from. He's the son of Irish immigrants, born 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.”
It's set to be the first game which lets us see things from the Templar point of view for an extended period of time but players may remember we've gotten a glimpse of it before. 2012's Assassin's Creed III opened with you playing as Haytham Kenway - a powerful Templar agent and the father of the eventual protagonist of ACIII.
And it seems he'll be instrumental in turning Shay to the side of the Templars: "When Shay meets Haytham, he is looking for a role model. And Haytham, in many ways, is the Templar’s Templar. So Shay sees Haytham as someone he can learn a lot from. At the same time, Haytham sees Shay as someone he could learn some things from too. It makes for an interesting dynamic.”
Haytham was a great character, certainly better than the limp Connor who we had to spend all of ACIII with, so the idea of having him as a mentor is fantastic. And its interesting to see Ubisoft spending so much time on this Kenway bloodline, as well as giving Shay a connection to Haytham which Connor never got to enjoy.
We're liking the sound of Rogue more and more.
Play Assassin's Creed Rogue on last gen consoles from the 11th of November 2014.