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UPDATED - Assassin's Creed: Unity performance reportedly choppy and glitchy on all platforms

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UPDATED - Assassin's Creed: Unity performance reportedly choppy and glitchy on all platforms

UPDATE: It seems as though there may be framerate issues across all platforms, with NowGamer reporting Xbox One issues as well:

"I would like to warn anyone thinking about buying this game,” said thewouldbeking. “I got it with my Xbox bundle. I just started it, and it runs sub 30 frames per second constantly. I would advise to wait until its fixed or not buy it at all. It is practically unplayable.”

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This is not an Assassin's Creed: Unity review. I'm technically not permitted to make any value judgements on the game until 5PM GMT this evening, and I've not finished it so I couldn't even if I were able. But the game is now out in the US, and something needs to be said about the state that the game is in.

Even after playing for just under ten hours, (UPDATE: To be clear, this original report was written after installing the ~900MB patch) it's clear that there are some glaring technical issues with Assassin's Creed: Unity.

In terms of technical execution, the game is an utter shambles on PS4 -- I can't speak first-hand regarding other versions. Glitches abound, responsiveness is laughable, the context-sensitive detection areas around interactive objects like key mission items and reward chests are patchy and inconsistent. The crowds are impressive, the game does a fine job of creating a visually engaging representation of Paris, but the framerate is horrible. Lengthy jumps see Arno hang in the air, crippling slowdown is everywhere (especially if you get into cover), and although the free-running repertoire and animation sets have been massively expanded, its not uncommon to see the framerate juddering down below the 15 fps mark.

At one point, I thought the whole game was going to crash, Arno pirouetting about in clunky slow-motion that certainly hadn't been triggered deliberately.

Pop-in is also a problem, especially when it comes to transitioning between indoor environments and the outdoors. Rooms will occasionally only reveal a back wall as you're climbing in the through the window, and its not uncommon for a building only a street or two away to seemingly materialise out of thin air.

As stated above, the US launch is today, with the UK release set for this Friday. We only received code a couple of days ago and the game is huge, so it'll be a few days until we're ready to deliver our verdict. These problems might end up being fixed by the time our review is ready, but the game is already out in some parts of the world, and it's therefore important to let customers know what they're in for.

At the moment, what they're in for is a glitchy, technical mess on PS4, and we've received further reports this morning that the PC version is having framerate issues as well, even with high-end GeForce cards.

Again. apologies that the full, scored review won't be ready until later this week, but I'd rather do a thorough job than a hurried, slapdash affair, and there's a lot of content to get through and assess. However, if you have any questions about the game pop them in the comments box below and I'll make a vid answering as many of them as possible for this evening once the embargo has lifted.

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Sweatybush  Nov. 11, 2014 at 12:54

I could smell a kipper a mile away with this one. You know somethings up when they didn't let anybody have any hands on play at any recent shows running on consoles. You only hide something when you've got issues you don't want aired which will negatively effect sales.

Fortunately I've been gaming since the 8 bit days and am not naive and gullible by believing every bit of PR crap they spout to get mugs to pre-order.

bugbear1  Nov. 11, 2014 at 13:04

Thanks for the heads-up! I got UNITY with the XBOX 1 bundle otherwise I might've gotten it for my PS4. However, the game, as DL with the bundle runs like a POS with low frames, pop-in, npcs falling thru the world, npcs with stuttering movement cycles, npcs colliding with each other and objects and then walking thru those objects, npcs stuck in objects, ARNO falling thru the map or getting caught in geometry, -won't move in the right direction due to controller lag and ass-tastic fps. Npcs that can shoot muskets thru walls, walk thru walls, are either omniscient or blind and this stuff can be seen during the prologue and early hours of the game.

db1331  Nov. 11, 2014 at 15:05

Good thing fps is just a number, right guys?

TacticalTourette  Nov. 11, 2014 at 15:27

FPS issues on PC AGAIN? So basically exactly the same as the Watch Dogs release. What a suprise :')

At least now I know what game to get with the 970GTX voucher: Far Cry 4.

Ameretsu  Nov. 11, 2014 at 15:51

My fiance just got the game, downloaded it yesterday since he preordered and while playing noticed things were incredibly laggy, things glitched, he'd run by a building and Arno would decide he wanted to jump up and hang from the rafters while soldiers shot him to death and could not push past people to save his own life, literally.

I am desperately hoping the game does not continue this way after we download (well install) the whole game as it told us after 13gbs it was downloaded. (I am assuming they figured the download would continue while you played and the 13gb head start would be enough to be seemless while letting players get into the game faster, before it fully downloaded).

I'm not very optimistic it will improve anything but damn it to hell in a handbasket if I paid 90 dollars for a lemon.

stevenjameshyde  Nov. 11, 2014 at 16:09

FPS issues on PC AGAIN? So basically exactly the same as the Watch Dogs release. What a suprise :')

At least now I know what game to get with the 970GTX voucher: Far Cry 4.


Is there any guarantee that Far Cry 4 will be any better? It is still Ubisoft after all

TacticalTourette  Nov. 11, 2014 at 16:16

FPS issues on PC AGAIN? So basically exactly the same as the Watch Dogs release. What a suprise :')

At least now I know what game to get with the 970GTX voucher: Far Cry 4.


Is there any guarantee that Far Cry 4 will be any better? It is still Ubisoft after all


Well the system specs for Far Cry 4 are suprisingly low as far as I remember, and my current crappy alienware laptop runs Far Cry 3 a lot better than it does Black Flag.

Though I believe it's one studio that produces both games. Let's hope for the best.

PileOfPoop  Nov. 11, 2014 at 16:57

Anyone who continues to support this company deserves everything they get. Especially if you're a PC gamer.

sw121290  Nov. 11, 2014 at 19:25

Anyone who continues to support this company deserves everything they get. Especially if you're a PC gamer.


Maybe I haven't gotten far into the game enough yet. I played about 2.5 hours. My rig is a gtx 970 with a i5-2500k OC at 4.0 ghz and 8gigs ram. I play on an SSD. Settings for the game is maxed out.

I have yet to experience any technical issues with the game. I'm not far enough into the the story to comment on it, but I'm a heavy roleplayer so I'm most likely going to enjoy it (I create my own stories). Traverse mechanics can be frustrating at time because I'm used to holding A when free-running (xbox controller) which in this game makes you ascend and consequently climb objects you did not intend to climb. However, that is purely a user fault.

All in all, I don't understand the validity for "especially if you're a PC gamer." It seems like PC gamers are the ones who are currently able to enjoy the game without any significant issues. Not to mention the Youtube Walkthrough videos seems to be fine as well.

batminseok  Nov. 11, 2014 at 21:15

FPS issues on PC AGAIN? So basically exactly the same as the Watch Dogs release. What a suprise :')

At least now I know what game to get with the 970GTX voucher: Far Cry 4.


i feel so dumb now i got unity with mine ;-;

kasl005  Nov. 11, 2014 at 21:28

AC1 was the first game I bought where I was completely gobsmacked by the view, it was literally like taking a walk through history. I was so busy checking out every nook and cranny I failed to notice how repetitive the side missions were. Forward to Ezios story and it was engaging and I felt id been to Rome and Florence... Que Revelations and it was all downhill from there. Environments that while visually stunning, were all kind of the same, bland with no reason to explore. There were no big historical landmarks that U could actually get inside of. I still love this franchise, perhaps more out of nostalgia and hope that they'll return to what made them great, but reading this article im heartily disappointed that I've pre ordered Unity n already dropped $110 on something that's potentially gonna be a steaming pile of poop.

Mitsurusenpei  Nov. 11, 2014 at 21:35

My boyfriend got his game at gamestop last night and when he started to play this morning no matter what he tries he cant connect to the server or use the co op on this game.

paulmad  Nov. 11, 2014 at 22:37

This could be the straw that breaks the camels back. Too many games are bieng released to the public that clearly need more time for polish. Mostly games from EA and Ubisoft. Makes me wonder if a lawsuit is in the works here for false advertisement at the very least.
Also, on a side note. I think its a very bad state of affairs when Uplay and Steam both need to be running in the background for some games on PC. Its simply my observation. Im not sure if its shared by others

Kcluprrp1655  Nov. 12, 2014 at 00:45

Anybody else having the issue where the console goes nuts while navigating the customization menu? As soon as I open it it revs up and I feel the system is going to explode. I'm playing on PS4.

derpaderp  Nov. 12, 2014 at 01:19

Me and my brother both got this game on Xbox One at the midnight release. I've played it for close to 10 hours and he's played for three or four. We've just completed one of the co-op missions and neither of us have had any serious problems. His game shut itself down once out of nowhere during the prison break at the beginning and mine had one major drop in framerate. The only small complaints I have so far are that I sometimes can't seem to get Arno to snap to cover and the navigation controls don't work every now and then, but control problems have always been an issue in AC. It's not any worse than any previous installment. I'd almost be willing to bet that most people claiming that the game is unplayable are simply butt hurt over the 900p resolution and sub-60 fps. If you actually knew anything about television resolution, you'd know that the human eye is not capable of seeing a difference between even 720p and 1080p unless the screen is big enough and you're at the exact right distance from the screen. Too close or too far away and you're not seeing the true picture anyway. There is no way in hell that anybody playing on a tv in the 32-50 inch range would be able to tell that Unity runs at 900p and not 1080p simply by looking at it if Ubisoft hadn't announced it.

velsce  Nov. 12, 2014 at 04:52

Anyone with the Ps4 version noticing how loud the fan gets when looking through the in-game menus?

S7RIDER  Nov. 12, 2014 at 07:58

Anyone who continues to support this company deserves everything they get. Especially if you're a PC gamer.


Maybe I haven't gotten far into the game enough yet. I played about 2.5 hours. My rig is a gtx 970 with a i5-2500k OC at 4.0 ghz and 8gigs ram. I play on an SSD. Settings for the game is maxed out.

I have yet to experience any technical issues with the game. I'm not far enough into the the story to comment on it, but I'm a heavy roleplayer so I'm most likely going to enjoy it (I create my own stories). Traverse mechanics can be frustrating at time because I'm used to holding A when free-running (xbox controller) which in this game makes you ascend and consequently climb objects you did not intend to climb. However, that is purely a user fault.

All in all, I don't understand the validity for "especially if you're a PC gamer." It seems like PC gamers are the ones who are currently able to enjoy the game without any significant issues. Not to mention the Youtube Walkthrough videos seems to be fine as well.


Don't be ignorant just because you don't think you're having issues. I'm running an i7-4880, 16GB ram, with dual GTX880m in SLI (16GB) and can't get over 28fps maxed out. Even when I turn it down, I max out around 45fps. This is very bad optimization/coding/whatever you wanna call it. Most AC PC games did this along with Watch Dogs.

MattGardner  Nov. 12, 2014 at 12:30

Anyone with the Ps4 version noticing how loud the fan gets when looking through the in-game menus?


I honestly thought the neighbours were hoovering...and then I realised it was the PS4, loudly complaining.

Warbutt  Nov. 12, 2014 at 19:54

As always it is all about the build of your PC, the average computer is going to get wrecked by this game. However the other top 5% of machines out there we are drooling over this game and we are happy campers.

This game is similar to the release of the original Crysis it hammered every piece of hardware out there besides the top end users. Ubisoft has done the same thing this game is pushing the limits of next gen to the max.

Here is my gameplay so far I only do intro commentary. Running i7 3770k, 16gb ram, and gtx 980 on 1440p maxed settings between 40-60fps. I did have to change my codec after the first few videos to smooth it out and get a little better quality so watching Sequence 2 Memory 2 or 3 and after runs very smooth and great quality =)

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLe80Ox7i8ZfcvsiDpKz_iSG_WfUFW-zOc

alacrandos  Nov. 12, 2014 at 21:35

I have Unity for the PS4 I have been playing since I picked it up at the midnight launch and I have yet to been able to connect to a coop mission. Every time I try to walk up to one of the guys and start a co op mission nothing happens. Anyone else having this problem? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance

Camstan  Nov. 13, 2014 at 08:56

Anybody else having the issue where the console goes nuts while navigating the customization menu? As soon as I open it it revs up and I feel the system is going to explode. I'm playing on PS4.


Mine does the exact same thing. And its only on the customization menu. No idea why, but then I'll close the menu and it'll calm down.

Mugillicutty  Nov. 13, 2014 at 18:07

My boyfriend got his game at gamestop last night and when he started to play this morning no matter what he tries he cant connect to the server or use the co op on this game.


I haven't been able to connect whatsoever since I got it on release night. So I have the preorder and guillotine drop stuff sitting in my download queue and I keep getting connection/no internet detected/ubisoft server down or not able to connect etc. errors anytime I try to try anything but the main missions.

I really like this franchise but the overall quality of the experience has been going down with the last couple of games. I like the effort but if the games continue with these problems the graphics and map size won't even matter.

nataliedoyle  Nov. 14, 2014 at 13:28

I downloaded assassins creed unity on PSN for playstation 4 ive played up until the second mission and it wont let me start it keeps saying game not installed which it is and so is the update file i have clicked on it and there is no updates available ive deleted it and reinstalled it and its still not solved the problem has anyone else had this problem?

kvndwin  Nov. 15, 2014 at 07:53

I payed the game two three times until,sequence 3...
but when i quit the game to desktop and when I'm trying to continue the game where i stoped.it simply start from the beginning.not from where the game were stoped and saved.plz help me if any one knows what is wrong with the game.or what shoud i do.plz let me know...

Banarchist  Nov. 15, 2014 at 11:47

As always it is all about the build of your PC, the average computer is going to get wrecked by this game. However the other top 5% of machines out there we are drooling over this game and we are happy campers.


So what you're saying, is that we should all spend around what you've spent on a PC (which I would estimate at around £1500?) just to be able to play a game?

No thanks, just like the 95% opposite end of your 5% - I am a grown up and have far better things to spend that kind of money on.

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