Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Assassin’s Creed Unity will be locked to 900p and 30 fps. “We decided to lock them at the same specs to avoid all the debates and stuff,” explained Senior producer Vincent Pontbriand.
He might avoid a debate about frame rates but Ubisoft will now have to incur the wrath of PlayStation 4 gamers who will accuse them of borking their version of the game just to keep Microsoft happy.
Vincent did offer a technical reason as to why the game runs at 30 fps, explaining that it was the artificial intelligent routines for the on screen characters that was causing a problem.
“Technically we’re CPU-bound, 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,” he said.
“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.”
Last year’s Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag originally ran at 900p on both consoles but was patched up to 1080p on PS4 shortly after the game shipped.
Vincent has also explained why there is no Wii U version of the game, and the simple answer is the console is just not powerful enough to handle the title.
“It couldn’t, it really couldn’t,” he said. “I mean this is why we from the beginning, this was going to be a new-gen-only title, because the crowds aren’t aesthetic, they actually have impact. If we did anything to hinder that or to reduce that it would have a detrimental impact, it wouldn’t be the same experience.”
“I don’t think that would be fair to fans, to sell the same game but with different levels of experience. Even the seamless nature of the series and the scale of the game right, we couldn’t do that. We never load Paris. It wouldn’t be possible, in our minds we’d be cheating fans by providing a lesser version of the same game,” he added.
Ubisoft have also released a new story trailer which you can view below at 1080p, which is rather unfortunate.