Ubisoft has announced that Assassin's Creed: Rebel Collection will be heading to Nintendo Switch on December 6, 2019. Revealed during a Nintendo Direct back in September, the pack consists of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and Assassin's Creed: Rogue. The duo of titles join Assassin's Creed III and Liberation on Nintendo's hybrid platform for players looking to get their portable assassin on. Unlike the former two titles, these are considered some of the best of the series.
If you're looking to grab this collection, you can currently pre-order the package on the Nintendo eShop. It will set you back $39.99, which is quite a lot for six-year-old games. In fact, you can currently grab Black Flag on PS4 and Xbox One for $10, which makes this pricing feel inflated. If you're not deterred, a physical release is teased on Ubisoft's official website. That might soften the blow of the Switch tax a bit.
Stepping away from the convoluted plot of modern shadow ops, Black Flag revitalized the tired brand after a string of samey games. It shifted gears away from purely assassinations and developed out the intriguing sailing gameplay that was first seen in Assassin's Creed III. Many welcomed it with open arms and the title has since grown in popularity as the best in the series.
Rogue, on the other hand, is an oft-forgotten entry that Ubisoft originally developed for last-generation devices. When Unity was making the jump to PS4/Xbox One, it was still fairly early in the lifecycle of those two devices. Not wanting to leave the sizeable fanbase on PS3/Xbox 360 in the dust, Rogue was created as a holdover until fans could grab newer consoles. It basically was Black Flag 2, just stuck on hardware many had left behind.
While these games are a good get for Switch, one should be wary of jumping in on day one. The previous Assassin's Creed ports were not exactly optimized for Nintendo's hardware. Liberation came out solid, but III had a ton of issues with framerate stability and graphical glitches that required patching to get in order. It ultimately resulted in a decent version, but it's still a bummer that extra time was needed to get there.