The next instalment of Ubisoft’s Assasin’s Creed has been one of the biggest titles for PC gamers. At the same time, recently released requirements were surprisingly high – too high for many Sri Lankan gamers to indulge. Users over on the NEOGaf forums posted test results showing high-end GTX 780s barely averaging 30 FPS at HD.
“Maxed out with all the nVidia stuff.. I was barely above 30fps at all times. Sometimes it dropped into the 20s. (Sometimes it was also in the 40s though). Gonna play the same section again on different settings and go a bit past that to see if it changes later on. i7 2600k and GTX 780 @ 1080p with Vsync turned OFF.” – EzioCroft
However, high requirements may not be the only problem for the new Creed. Reports are coming in of jarring, game-breaking bugs, poor performance even on high-end systems, and post-launch review embargo so that users would purchase the game without seeing the reviews. Here’s one particular instance where the game turned into the stuff of nightmares.
Random forum users weren’t the only ones complaining. In stark contrast to most other reviews, ExtremeTech called the game “a hot mess”, pointing out draw distance, frame rate issues, character face glitches, criticizing Ubisoft: “this game was half-baked, and Ubisoft pushed it on consumers anyway.”
The situation isn’t limited to PCs. Joystiq reported that both PS4 and Xbone One contain game-breaking bugs, including framerate drops, floating NPCs, world collision issues and an interface that seems out of sync with the story. “Unity,” they reported. “Is capable of inspiring loving adoration while simultaneously bringing you to boiling hatred. It aims high, fails more often than it triumphs, and is in dire need of a technical re-tweaking.”
Milking a franchise isn’t rare. One of the best examples is Activision’s Call of Duty, which resulted in the downright terrible COD: Ghosts not too long ago. It appears that Ubisoft’s incessant milking of the Assassin’s Creed franchise – with increasingly shorter development times and rushed deadlines – has led to their version of the Ghosts – a game that had everything to deliver and fell far short of the mark.
Note: in case you’ve missed out on the bandwagon, here’s what the new Creed recommends:
- Intel Core i5-2500K @ 3.3 GHz or AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0 GHz or AMD Phenom II x4 940 @ 3.0 GHz
- RAM: 6 GB
- Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 or AMD Radeon HD 7970 (2 GB VRAM)
If you’re one of the few people who can run this game like it’s supposed to me, give us a shout. We’d like to get in touch with you to see if these issues happen.