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Assassin's Creed Rogue is coming to Xbox 360 and PS3 this fall, but could it make its way to other platforms in time? Ubisoft addressed the possibility of porting the game to new-gen consoles in a new interview.
Ubisoft Sofia producer Ivan Balabanov didn't rule out the possibility of a PS4 or Xbox One version in his chat with TotalXbox at Gamescom. However, it sounds like they want gamers on those platforms to focus on Assassin's Creed Unity.
"It's too early to discuss this subject," Balabanov said. "Right now Unity is our game for new generation consoles."
Assassin's Creed Unity was announced this spring for PS4, Xbox One and PC. While Rogue could be remade for those platforms with, for example, higher resolutions, Unity would still probably be the more technically impressive game. Ubisoft built that game specifically with new hardware in mind.
"The [Unity] technology's built from the ground up with a lot of reinventions of the systems behind it - essentially it's a game that takes full advantage of the hardware and what we wanted to do in [Rogue] is make a game for players who still haven't made the transition."
It's reasonable to expect PS4 and Xbox One versions of Assassin's Creed Rogue in time. Ubisoft's got like eleventy billions studios working on Assassin's Creed so tasking one of them to port Rogue is possible. After all, they found the resources to bring PS Vita title Assassin's Creed Liberation to PS3, Xbox 360 and PC this January.
The Liberation example doesn't completely map onto this situation, though. The Vita represents a much smaller player base than Xbox 360 and PS3, so a port in that case made good business sense. The PS4 and Xbox One have far less owners than the PS3 and 360 right now so a new-gen version of Rogue might not seem as obvious a decision.
That said: whenever Ubisoft has to choose between more or less Assassin's Creed, they're going to choose "more." I don't expect a port of Assassin's Creed Rogue to sell very well if it launched in the fall alongside a new AC specifically created for those new platforms. However, PS4/XB1/PC versions of Rogue could make Ubisoft a tidy profit during the series' traditional "off-season" like the winter or spring.
Assassin's Creed Rogue was officially announced last week. The game is set in the 18th century, between the time periods of AC3 and AC4. The main character is Shay Patrick Cormac, a young Assassin who defects to the Templars. The game follows him as he hunts his former brethren through New York City, the River Valley and the Northern Atlantic. The game actually sounds more promising than Unity in a few ways.