Well it's happening again, Ubisoft is once again ‘re-dedicating' itself to the PC platform, this time by claiming that the next Assassin's Creed game will be developed properly for the PC. As many of you will remember, last year, when Ubisoft released Assassin's Creed: Unity, the game remained broken for two months. Five emergency patches were issued to get things working but the game still ran incredibly poorly on a wide-range of hardware.
This time around with Assassin's Creed: Syndicate, Ubisoft is apparently taking a different approach. Speaking with PC Gamer, the game's creative director, Marc-Alexis Côté said: “We've got an internal team that's dedicated to the PC version, and one of the things that I'm happy about is that we're really taking our time with the PC version to really make it shine”.
“We want the game to really work well on the PC on day one, which is why it's not the same launch [date] as the Xbox One and the PS4 versions. It will come a bit later in the fall, but I think it will be worth the wait. We're working really hard on optimizing the game, making it run smoother on a wider range of PCs. We're really dedicating a team to working on this and making sure it shines.”
Last year, Ubisoft turned itself in to a bit of a joke by trying to spin 30 frames per second in to a positive point, claiming Far Cry 4 would look the same on PC and consoles and then with the release of Assassin's Creed: Unity. It is safe to say that Ubisoft has lost most if not all credibility with PC gamers so really, it should be working hard to try and win them back over.
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KitGuru Says: Ubisoft has shot itself in the foot time and again with PC gamers over the last 18 months. Hopefully this time it is being genuine and will deliver a solid PC version of all of its upcoming titles this year. Delivering a solid game is really the only way top win consumer trust back at this point.