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Ubisoft Explains Why Unity Could Never Be A Cross-Gen Title

As you know by now, Assassin's Creed Unity will only be available on next-gen consoles and PC.

But why? Why did they have to go to the effort of creating an entirely different game - Assassin's Creed Rogue - for the older machines?

Simply because the size and scope of Unity couldn't fit on the PS3 or Xbox 360. In speaking to Examiner (via GamePur), creative director Alex Amancio explained why the game isn't cross-gen:

"We could not have built this game on cross-gen. Impossible. I’ll give you one example of why: the crowd. It’s not aesthetic, it’s a gameplay element, it reacts to you, there’s faction in there you can hide with and more. We couldn’t make this game without a crowd and [last]-gen would not allow us to have crowds even remotely close to what we have. The visuals, the city is large, it’s a one-to-one scale. We used to be on about a two-thirds scale, like the Coliseum is on a one-third scale in Brotherhood. Everything is to scale in Unity, which means we can have seamless interiors. We now have the raw memory and power to do that.

Unity would not have been possible on [last]-gen. Since our main goal was to set the foundation for a new cycle of Assassin’s Creed, we couldn’t afford to compromise."

A one-to-one scale and a greatly increased draw distance should go a long way toward creating the most immersive, authentic world yet. The franchise is well known for generating memorable, historically accurate environments and it seems Assassin's Creed Unity will take the inevitable next step.

Tags: assassins creed unity, ac unity, ubisoft

10/22/2014 11:24:44 AM Ben Dutka

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Big_Boss90
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 @ 12:31:34 PM
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Sounds good to me i can not wait!

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Karosso
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 @ 2:01:29 PM
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Can't wait to play it at 900p and barely 30fps!

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CrusaderForever
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 @ 2:29:09 PM

Yeah, it's kind of a bummer that whole 900p/30FPS X1 fiasco. However, this game bypasses all bad press for me. I just wish Sony and Microsoft would have beefed up the PS4/X1 more. I would have paid $500 for a more robust PS4 for sure. However, I am glad Sony didn't skimp compared to Microsoft. Oh well, all in all, I am very happy with the graphical fidelity of this new gen. We need more innovation like the Nemesis System however.

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Shams
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 @ 8:51:49 PM

PS4 is far from a lemon. From what I've seen, it's gpu specs, performance, and (last but not least) heat dissipation is on par with gtx 880m (the highest end mobile gpu), 760 (high end desktop gpu from last year), and 660ti (high end from a couple years back). I know because I have each of these (aside from the 760). True these gpus get iteratively improved within years, but not generationally. Proof? My older laptop with a 460m holds up even to my work laptop with an 880m. I have to dial back the high-res texture packs, and some effects like AA, but considering the 460m is like 4+ years old, it is surprising that it isn't even put to shame. That might seem bad for the ps4, but compared to the ps3 and 360 gen, it is a definite generational gap.

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Big_Boss90
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 @ 9:02:17 PM

Yes sir and i bet the game will out shine anything that is out now.. AC as always seem to impress me and ACU is no exception. Keep up the good work ubi...

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CrusaderForever
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 @ 2:26:31 PM
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Just got my Platinum for Shadow of Mordor last night. I put 62 hours into that gem. NEMESIS SYSTEM!! I can now finish ACIV Black Flag. I have AC Unity preordered on the PSN. The 1:1 ratio is going to be breathtaking. Also, the crowd is going to be immense and add a lot to the immersion. Really looking forward to the farther draw distance for the synchronizing. My nephew just bought a PS4 and will be getting AC5. We are going to have a ton of fun with the COOP!

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Lord carlos
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 @ 7:19:56 PM

well done!
i'm working on tlou for my 39th

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sawao_yamanaka
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 @ 7:23:02 PM

I played a bit of shadow of mordor and was really impressed by the nemesis system. Wish more developers tried something new you know? I'll hopefully be buying it come Christmas time :).

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CrusaderForever
Thursday, October 23, 2014 @ 11:43:57 AM

Thanks! Yes, I am diving back into ACIV but think about SoM all the time.

39 Platinums! That is amazing! I have only 18. It's such an achievement when I get one though. I don't have a lot of time to game being a Dad. My son is getting older so will be able to play more games while he is awake as time goes by.

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Rachet_JC_FTW
Thursday, October 23, 2014 @ 12:41:33 AM
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fear enough thats pritty sounds reasoning for the hardware that they are using but as for the res and fps thing still anoiyed about that but whatever can't do anything about that just hope the game turns out to be awsome and enjoyable

happy gaming

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JackieBoy
Thursday, October 23, 2014 @ 2:43:37 AM
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I'm trying not to overhype myself but the more I read about this game, the more excited I am. But I won't be buying it day one. I will wait for reviews - it feels like Ubisoft praises this game too much to make everybody buy it day one. Like they are afraid it will not deliver... I might be wrong ofcourse but I will wait. Hopefully PS4 owners will see 1080p patch in the future:)
This, GTA5 and FC4 will be anough until Q2 next year.... 0_o

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mk ultra
Thursday, October 23, 2014 @ 3:39:44 AM
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One-to-one scale in open world games will make a very noticeable difference I think. I wasn't that excited about anything in this game so far, but that just piqued my interest.

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