Ubisoft’s upcoming highly-anticipated third-person open-world action/adventure Assassin’s Creed Unity runs in 900p and at 30 frames-per-second on both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. The French publisher has decided to opt for these specifications in order to avoid any discussions over performance between the two consoles, thus bringing in another case of platform parity.
“We decided to lock them at the same specs to avoid all the debates and stuff”, senior producer Vincent Pontbriand told VideoGamer. Pontbriand further explained that it’s the consoles’ CPUs that prevent Ubisoft Montreal (the main developer) from improving the game’s performance. “Technically we’re CPU-bound”, he said. “The GPUs are really powerful, obviously the graphics look pretty good, but it’s the CPU [that] has to process the AI, the number of NPCs we have on screen, all these systems running in parallel. We were quickly bottlenecked by that and it was a bit frustrating, because we thought that this was going to be a tenfold improvement over everything AI-wise, and we realised it was going to be pretty hard. It’s not the number of polygons that affect the framerate. We could be running at 100fps if it was just graphics, but because of AI, we’re still limited to 30 frames per second”.
By comparison, last year’s Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag also runs at 900p/30FPS on both consoles. Just a few minutes ago, publisher Ubisoft had released a new trailer for the upcoming third-person open-world action/adventure Assassin’s Creed Unity. In this latest video, we find out that protagonist Arno’s story is not as different as Ezio’s. In the beginning, Arno apparently lives a life without any kinds of worries; that is until he is thrown into jail, where he discovers the fact that his father was an assassin. Naturally, he takes up arms alongside the Assassin order to hunt Templars amidst the French Revolution.
Assassin’s Creed Unity launches on November 11th in North America, November 14th in Europe, and December 4th in Japan, on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.