It’s gotten to the point where expecting a simultaneous release of Assassin’s Creed across consoles and PC is folly. We always end up waiting while our console brethren enjoy running across roofs and jumping on folk like a predatory cat.
But Ubisoft are looking to fix this unfortunate tradition and bring Assassin’s Creed Unity to PC at the same time as Xbox One and PS4. What do you think of our chances?
“We’re always aiming to ship all our games on all platforms at the same time,” Unity producer Lesley Phord-Toy said to Rock Paper Shotgun. “I don’t have any specific news on the PC version of Assassin’s Creed Unity, but I do know we’re planning on shipping on all three [platforms]: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. I haven’t heard any news differently than that.”
Sounds hopeful, but then again, apparently Ubisoft always aim to bring their games to all platforms at the same time, and so far that hasn’t happened with Assassin’s Creed.
Phord-Toy goes on to explain that the variety of hardware configurations on PC make it difficult to make the deadlines.
“PC has a variety of different hardware configurations that you can’t necessarily predict,” she said. “On a console you know what’s in the box. Every customer has the same configuration for the most part, and first-parties push firmware updates so everyone has what you’re expecting to have. PCs are nowhere near as consistent. So it can be extremely challenging to try and support as many of those permutations as possible.”
Will Ubisoft be able to overcome these difficulties like other developers? The proof will be in the pudding. Or cake.