Assassin's Creed Naval Gameplay Details: New Weapons And Features For Shay's Ship, The Morrigan
Naval gameplay will be making its last stand in Assassin's Creed Rogue (it won't be featured in Unity), but this particular kind of gameplay isn't going down without a fight. Shay Cormac's ship, the Morrigan, is hitting the North Atlantic decked out in all sorts of new weapons and features to make our last tour on the open sea a memorable one.
One of the running themes of Rogue is that, because Shay has access to the sizable Templar bank account, he will have access to all kinds of powerful experiemental weapons, and his tank of a ship certainly follows that pattern. The Morrigan has access to a whole collection of weapons new to the series, including the puckle gun, an automatic weapon whose continuous stream of bullets is devastating in 18th-century warfare. The Morrigan will also sport burning oil, which your crew can lay down in your wake to discourage enemies from following you, lest they catch fire. Wooden ships and fire don't often mix well.
Finally, the Morrigan is prepared for the icy water of the North Atlantic with a powerful ice ram that can break through the frozen seascape. And if the Morrigan's bow is able to cut through thick ice, imagine what it'll do to the average hull of enemy ships.
Like in Black Flag, the player will be able to enter the ship's captain's quarters, where Shay keeps all of his important menus in one place. As we can see in the latest Rogue ComDev video, Shay's quarters includes places where the player can upgrade Shay's outfit, upgrade the Morrigan with new looks or weapons and manage Shay's fleet. There also looks to be a fourth interactive area in the captain's quarters that doesn't look like anything we saw in Black Flag. It looks like a treasure chest, though what its actual in-game purpose is is totally up for speculation.
Rogue's naval gameplay will include new features, such as Assassin boardings. Instead of just being able to board ships like players did in Black Flag, Shay's ship will also get boarded from time to time by enemy Assassin cells. It's then up to Shay to defend his ship and fight off the attacking buccaneers, adding a new defensive layer to naval gameplay.
Assassin's Creed Rogue will hit PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 systems starting November 11. A PC version has also been confirmed for an early 2015 release.