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08/19/2014 09:00 AM


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We were able to catch up with Susan Patrick, one of the writers on Assassin’s Creed Rogue. We started by asking Susan to tell us a little bit about Rogue’s overall story.

“Rogue is a unique game within the Assassin’s Creed franchise” stated Susan. "It is the first game that goes in-depth in exploring the perspective of a Templar. In the series up till this point, we’ve generally presented the Assassins as noble heroes and the Templars as scheming villains. But in Rogue, we are going to turn that on its head and show you the other side.”

Interesting indeed. Which begs the question, who is this mysterious Templar that we will get to play as?

It is the first game that goes in-depth in exploring the perspective of a Templar.

“You play as Shay Patrick Cormac. He’s brash and arrogant, but has a conscience. Born to Irish immigrants 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.”

A new perspective, a new protagonist, and a new time period.

“The game takes place between the 1750s and the 1760s. Historically, this is a time period that contains the 7 Years War, which was fought in both Europe and the Colonies. As it was the first global conflict, this was one of the reasons we chose the time period. The other reason we chose this time period was because it fit in perfectly with the Kenway saga. And as eagle eyed fans have spotted, Haytham makes an appearance in Rogue.”

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#ShayFacts: Cormac is a Gaelic name meaning “raven”. His ship, The Morrigan, is named after the Irish goddess of battle and strife, who usually appeared in the form of a raven. Shay and his ship were truly meant for each other.

We tried to pry some more information from Susan on the appearance of any other familiar faces in Rogue.

“Well you’ll just have to play the game to find out” Susan said with a wink. “However, fans who are familiar with the series and know a little bit about the timeline can probably piece a few things together”

Message received. But anyway, back to Haytham.

“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.”

Susan Patrick worked on Assassin’s Creed Initiates as a writer prior to joining the Assassin’s Creed Rogue team. Before that, she was a technical writer for the Ubisoft Montreal studio. She loves mythology and has a kitsune tattoo.

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