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Assassin’s Creed III will support PC setup, but you may want to use a controller

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 21:24 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

In an interview with GameSpy, Assassin Creed III’s creative director, Alex Hutchinson, said Ubisoft didn’t plan to invest in a “mouse and keyboard setup” for the PC version and went on to suggest gamers use a controller to play the game.

“We’re definitely supporting PC,” said Hutchinson. “We love PC, but I think it’ll be PC with a controller. I don’t see us investing hugely in a mouse and keyboard setup. I think if you want to play on PC and you want to play Assassin’s Creed, you have a controller.”

Ubisoft has since clarified his comment, telling RPS that it “will of course have mouse/keyboard support,” the same as with previous games in the series.

So nothing seems to have changed, really.

Still no exact date for the PC version, but the console version lands in the fall.

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23 Comments

  1. NeoSquall

    I just can’t imagine someone playing an Assassin’s Creed game on PC without a controller: he should either have very flexible fingers or a very durable mouse and keyboard…

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Erthazus

    @1, i play Assassins creed series on the PC using mouse and keyboard and it’s much more comfortable to play than with the controller.
    I have much more action bars that i can use with the keyboard.

    Although mouse support could be a bit better.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Edo

    @1 You actually have no idea how easy it is,especially since player can use mouse both for camera and movement(easier than gamepad) and I personally used it in combination with delete+end buttons(for climbing and fast running)which made it very comfortable to use.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. NeoSquall

    @2 What do you actually do with action bars?
    If it’s about changing weapons then I just use a button to open the menu, stop time and select the item I want.

    Also I find more “natural” using the index/middle finger on the trigger to keep the lock-on and the thumb to fight, while the left thumb moves the character while both hands grab the pad.

    As you can see I didn’t mention the camera because I only need to adjust it with the right stick when moving/free-running.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Yoshi

    I play using a controller so I’m happy they’re still supporting that… unlike others in the news recently lolz

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Hunam

    Stuff like Assassins Creed, Batman, Darksiders etc, should really be played with a 360 pad, specially as they all automap and refresh the UI to show the buttons correctly in game.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. _LarZen_

    It’s horrible to play games like this on a mouse & keyboard, one must realy have a controller for the best experience.

    But im glad one has a choice to pick.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Maximum Payne

    I played every AC on Keyboard and mouse and its especially great when running using parkour you can faster change camera.
    @4 Just like for you is more natural on gamepad that is how for me is more natural on K&M.I only play racing games and fighters with gamepad.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. mehdidante

    in this game i love to stay and watch everything because everything is beautiful , and its easier to do this with M&K . i played all previous games with M&K and i had no problem but supporting controller is also cool .

    #9 3 years ago
  10. absolutezero

    On the other hand there are ports that perform far better with Mouse and Keyboard like Batman, Space Marine and Just Cause 2.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Erthazus

    @7,

    “It’s horrible to play games like this on a mouse & keyboard, one must realy have a controller for the best experience.”

    Yeah, i imagine how it is horrible to play with a controller especially when you can’t even turn the camera while using parkour in the direction you want as fast as you want.

    Every game that requires a fast change of camera is automatically better to play with mouse and keyboard period.
    From World Of Warcraft or FPS games, to Mirrors edge or Assassins Creed.

    @4, “If it’s about changing weapons then I just use a button to open the menu, stop time and select the item I want.”

    when you select a weapon in Ass Creed games you don’t even need to use buttons at all. What you need just to select it with your mouse cursor. It’s much faster that way.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Talkar

    I don’t mind. I’ve been using a controller to play Assassin’s Creed 1 & 2, and the map packs the 2nd game. I’m most likely going to use it in this game too.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. TheWulf

    What #10 said, really.

    I do try both, and some just work better with a mouse & keyboard. The original Assassin’s Creed (the only one I’ve played) made the parkour feel clumsy. Parkour should never feel clumsy. The granularity of the mouse controlling the camera make it feel more elegant.

    Same for the movement in Space Marine, same for the movement in Just Cause 2. So #10 really is right on the money.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. ArtificialEnigma

    I’m not sure why people think the controls being better is a matter of objective fact. Some people will that mouse and keyboard is more comfortable for them. Some will find that the controller is more comfortable for them. There is no argument here, only contradiction.

    Also, contrary to what #11 stated, Assassin’s Creed does not require “a fast change of camera” and even in scenarios where fast camera change is beneficial, being comfortable with the controls will make a much bigger difference in your game experience than a slightly faster camera.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. absolutezero

    Playing Space Marine with M+K completely changes the way you play in comparison to playing with a controller. When I was playing with a controller I found myself either meleeing or shooting, focusing down onto both to the exclusion of the other. This is a foible of the way the controls are laid out on the pad. Switching over to the M+K made the combat are more fluid and responsive, it became the mixed shooting and brawling game that I wanted it to be.

    Thats not really objective, its the same for specific games aswell RTS on a pad lack the speed and precision needed, like fighting and driving games lack feedback and analouge controls.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. DSB

    It really is subjective. I haven’t tried Space Marine with a keyboard and mouse (I reckon it’s a mediocre game no matter what you do) but I greatly prefer Batman and Just Cause 2 with a pad.

    Just Cause 2 was superbly optimized for it, so you didn’t feel punished on accuracy, and I think it feels a lot better to fire two individual guns with two individual triggers.

    On the other hand, I don’t like playing GTA IV or Saints Row The Third with a pad.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. absolutezero

    The specific thing with Just Cause 2 that makes it shine with Keyboard controls is the grapple and the complete control you now have over it. That tied to precise as hell aiming while grappling all over the place constantly just makes a massive difference.

    Im a massive massive 40k nerd so I loved Space Marine from start to finish, it helped that it felt like everything in it weighed about 5 tonnes smashing into one another.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. OwnedWhenStoned

    Well, I’m disabled so unless the pad is completely reconfigurable I can’t use it. I’ve been burned with this a few times (Motorstorm on the PS3 for example). The trend of PC games towards controllers worries me.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. silkvg247

    Any game which involves aiming in any way, shape or form, is played better on a mouse/keyboard.

    So it depends if AC3 has guns or needs a lot of cam tweaking.

    So far I’ve played Just Cause 2 and SR3 on console and PC and I have to say mouse control makes the games infinitely more playable.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. freedoms_stain

    I tend to use controllers where supported except on Multiplayer or most FPS games – but it depends.

    I was really annoyed that Bioshock 2 doesn’t support pad and I do wish Mass Effect supported it since stats based accuracy reduces the impact of manual aiming anyway.

    Oh, and I played Ass Creed 1 on PC with a pad and Ass Creed 2 on 360, therefore obviously with a pad and never thought to myself “man this needs a mouse”.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. Da Man

    Just Cause? Aiming in that game is as hard as in Syphon Filter. Gears of War is Counter Strike compared to that one. More so with the enemy guys being as subtle as a battering ram.

    It just takes practice, if the game was designed with the pad in mind first person shooters work just as well. And without carpal tunnel. MLG pros do wonders with the pad, so it’s irrelevant how someone whose top weapon in Halo is probably Warthog (if any, most likely they just never tried it) feels about it.

    Oh well, I bet someone believes Tomb Raider is better with the keyboard.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. silkvg247

    @21 Just Cause 2 + grapple + mouse/keyb = joy joy joy, On console.. diff story. There’s a reason the term “grapple monkey” deviates from a PC classic. Points to those who get it, btw.

    I can’t comment on JC1, never played it. I do know JC2 has a lot of aiming heavy gameplay and it feels very fluid with a mouse.

    I attend the multiplay gaming events and I spectate the live competitions. I’ve compared TF2 battles to Halo and it’s worlds apart. Even Halo pros seem to be playing in slow motion – because the pad and games designed for the pad will always be slower, and clunkier than a game where you can spin 360 degrees pretty much instantly, as well as twich-aim-headshot in .3s (or so).

    It’s not to say fun can’t be had on the pad in FPS, nor is it to say people can’t get exceptionally good with the pad either. But to say a pad is “better” for FPS is like saying margerine is better than butter for crumpets. Mmm. Crumpets.

    I think pads have their place, for action games which don’t involve too much aiming. Like Heavenly sword, god of war, etc. Probably AC too; but I don’t play those, I just watch my gf play!

    #22 3 years ago
  23. Da Man

    Second JC is the one I was referring to, it’s really easy to aim and grapple in that game. Enemies who have the intelligence of zombies from Carmageddon and just exist there for you to mess with them for the lulz. The grappling hook and climbing is very loose and shallow. TR Anniversary grappling hook would be an impossible challenge when put side to side with JC2 skyscrapers.

    That’s not really true though. Halo is a slow game, that doesn’t make it any less competitive. More so when the shields, absence of headshots until you bring them down and the movement speed all work together to produce the gameplay. ‘Twitch aim headshots’ isn’t really a good thing, it just means you have to have that one reflex, continuously scoring body shots with the BR and then getting the headshot a millisecond before the opponent is what makes the skill gap shine in that game.

    Probably the slowest competitive fps. Clunky? Clunky is the word I would describe Killzone as (at least the first two, I don’t know about the third one but that became basically a tps iirc), or perhaps playing Q Arena with the Dualshock.

    I’m not saying it’s better, I’m just saying it’s possible to have an ultimately on par competitive experience in something as carefully crafted with the pad in mind as Halo.. Since mouse is a pointer device which is being exploited for entertainment needs, it surely can function as both that and a gamepad stick.

    #23 3 years ago

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    To no one’s surprise, Exo Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has some Easter eggs. The first Exo Zombies Easter egg, of surely many more to come, has been discovered. It’s a musical one that involves Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. How you unlock it is not as convoluted as you might […]

  • Dying Light is sub-1080p on Xbox One, full 1080p on PS4 – report

    Early analysis of Dying Light on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has revealed a few technical details about both ports. Digital Foundry has produced some analysis of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of Dying Light based on some early testing. Both versions manage a solid 30 frames-per-second, only dipping below that in […]

  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC free to all EA Access members

    EA is offering Battlefield 4′s Second Assault expansion free to anyone with an active EA Access subscription. Anyone with an active subscription to EA Access can download the Second Assault expansion pack for Battlefield 4 starting January 29 and through February 28, free of charge. All you need to do is find it on the […]

  • The Witcher 3 is getting optimised, but no visual downgrade

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is in the final stages of development and developer CD Projekt RED is making sure optimisation work doesn’t impact the game’s visuals. The Witcher 3 art producer, Michal Stec, spoke to Eternity in an interview and was asked whether the team will downgrade the visuals to get better performance. “No. […]

  • Can’t download Dying Light on PS4? Here’s a fix

    If you’ve bought Dying Light on PS4 and you’re having trouble downloading it, you’re not alone. Here’s how to beat the bug. Techland’s Dying Light is stumbling out of the blocks a little this week, with many PS4 users experiencing problems with their full-game downloads. A bug’s to blame. Your console thinks you’ve already installed […]

  • What The Witcher 3 owes to Skyrim – and how it surpasses it

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt owes more than a nod to Bethesda’s Skyrim. I went to see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and had a great time. I went in a fan of the books but not very experienced with the first two games. I came out with The Witcher 3 top of my gaming […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

    Dragon’s Dogma Online looks pretty rad – an undesirable quality in a game unlikely to come west, from our perspective. The first Dragon’s Dogma trailer was released this afternoon; admire its beauty below. The free to play online RPG was announced for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4 overnight, but Capcom doesn’t intend to bring it […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X map about five times the size of last game’s

    Xenoblade Chronicles X is not a small game. This week’s Famitsu has a feature on Xenoblade Chronicles X giving some details on Monolith Soft’s next RPG and first Wii U game. According to Siliconera‘s translation of reports on the feature, the game’s map is about five times the size of that in Xenoblade Chronicles. The […]

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

    Take on Mars, the space sim from Bohemia Interactive will soon be reader for wider consumption. According to a new Take on Mars development roadmap, the sim will go into beta at the start of April, with full release expected in June. The project is currently available via Steam early Access, but between now and […]

  • Can you guess the next Mortal Kombat X character reveal from this fatality audio clip?

    Mortal Kombat X will have at least one very liquid-sounding fatality. NetherRealm is revealing Mortal Kombat X’s cats one character at a time, and has promised a new reveal during a community Twitch stream tomorrow. It also provided the following teaser video – it’s audio only, and apparently taken from a fatality sequence. What’s your […]

  • Nintendo Creators Program now recruiting YouTubers

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets. The Nintendo Creators Program will launch on May 27, but is currently in beta and taking registrations. This is Nintendo’s answer to the knotty question of YouTubers making money on videos featuring its assets […]

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

    Can’t sign into Xbox Live? Microsoft is on the case. Xbox 360 and Xbox One users report being unable to sign in to Xbox Live. Microsoft is already aware of and working on the problem. “Our team is hard at work right now trying to get this resolved. Thank you for staying patient while we […]

  • Make money from your non-Valve mods with Steam Workshop

    Valve has opened the money-making side of Steam Workshop to third-party titles, giving enterprising modders more ways to make money. Steam now hosts curated Workshops for Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, the first non-Valve games to support the scheme. What that means is that community members can create, vote on and eventually even […]

  • Check out DmC: Devil May Cry’s new manual lock-on

    DmC: Devil may Cry developer Ninja Theory has released a video showing off the new, controversial lock-on mode. The new manual lock-on is causing quite a stir, although its reception is probably better than the white-wigged Dante who makes fans even more upset than the original makeover. “The primary purpose of this video is to […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

    Dragon Quest Heroes is yet another Omega Force take on an existing property – like Hyrule Warriors or the One Piece games. And it looks pretty sweet. We haven’t heard much from Dragon Quest Heroes here in the west because it hasn’t been confirmed for release outside Japan. This isn’t terribly surprising as we still […]

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

    Square Enix is doing something pretty mysterious right now. The Final Fantasy publisher is teasing something called Project Code Z. The project, which Square Enix is tweeting about in Japanese, English and German, is due for reveal at Tokaigi 2015 on Saturday. It’s a PS4 game, but that’s all we know. There’s a website you […]

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

    Tetris fans have a new western champion. Tetris is one of those gaming obsessions that goes much deeper than you might expect. For example, did you know that some versions of the game assess your performance and over you the chance to become a “grand master”? Turns out that’s a thing, and according to Polygon […]

  • Ken Levine’s next game teased as “sci-fi-ish” small, open-world RPG

    A series of tweets from BioShock creator Ken Levine has shed a sliver of light upon his next project. According to Levine he and his team are considering something a bit sci-fi and contemplating first-person mode. The team is developing the game for PC with a large in scope, expandable, systems-based narrative where more can […]

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

    Shelter 2 casts players in the role of a lynx, which makes for quite a different experience to the badger of the first game. The first Shelter game had you evading predators, but in the second, you becomes one yourself. That doesn’t mean there are no dangers to face, of course. Judging by the trailer […]

  • Why King of Fighters 13 isn’t coming back to Evo

    Evo, the premiere western fighting game tournament, has dropped support for a few previously favoured titles. King of Fighters 13 had a loyal following, but isn’t featured in the Evo 2015 line-up. “Many things go into what games makes it to Evo, but the most obvious one is, ‘Is the community playing this game?’” Evo […]

  • An average Evolve match takes less than ten minutes

    Evolve players are pretty quick at hunting each other down. Evolve developer Turtle Rock has released an infographic brimming with statistics garnered from its recent beta test. One of the key takeaways is that all three monsters, and all four classes, are working as intended – their performance in game matches Turtle Rock’s designs. If […]

  • Super Mario Amiibo can be pre-ordered on Nintendo UK, Mario and Peach sold out

    The latest set of Amiibo in the Super Mario series is now available for pre-purchase through the Nintendo UK Store. Each of the following sports a red base and will run you £10.99: Bowser, Luigi, Mario, Peach, Toad and Yoshi. It looks like Peach and Mario are both sold out, though. All six can be […]

  • The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 free to download now

    League of Legends has excellent music, and now you can have it too. The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 collects 15 tracks from the MOBA’s history, and is available for free. You can grab the music from iTunes, Google Play or via direct download. Tere’s an example track below to get you in […]

  • Super Bowl 49 update arrives on Madden NFL Mobile

    With Super Bowl 49 occurring this coming Sunday, February 1, EA Sports has updated Madden NFL Mobile with new feature enhancements and Super Bowl-themed Live Events. Updates include: League vs League Tournaments Obstacle Course Super Bowl Bonus Players Tom Brady and Richard Sherman Super Bowl Legends Super Bowl Moments Upgraded Auction House The Super Bowl […]

  • See Super Smash Bros.’ unused custom moves

    Super Smash Bros. was originally intended to have 16 custom moves per character. The final version of Super Smash Bros. only features 12 custom moves per fighter, but Nintendo left animations for some of the cut moves in place. A Youtuber called RED has dug these cut mvoes out of the brawler’s code, and displayed […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt contains 16 hours of sex scene mo-cap data

    Sex is nothing new to the The Witcher games, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is no exception. In fact, it contains 16 hours of sex scene motion capture data. Giggity. There’s a reason for the bedroom dalliances though, as Geralt is a flesh and blood human, or a modified human at any rate, with […]

  • Here’s the launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered

    A launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered has been released after an Amazon listing was revealed for it over the weekend. Key upgrades include: High-definition Graphics — All of the in-game textures have been meticulously recreated in HD for mobile and desktop. Widescreen Support – A true widescreen (not cropped) view strengthens the game’s […]

  • The open beta for Battlefield Hardline will be dated tomorrow

    The exact dates as well as more information on the Battlefield Hardline open beta will be shared tomorrow. This is according to the latest blog post from developer Visceral Games. “We’ll share the exact dates and info on the Battlefield Hardline open beta tomorrow,” wrote Visceral boss Steve Papoutsis. “Stay tuned, thanks again, and keep […]

  • Upcoming Hearthstone patch to apply balance change to Undertaker

    An upcoming Hearthstone patch will apply a balance change to the Undertaker card, Blizzard has announced. After the release of Goblins vs Gnomes, Blizzard said it kept an “eye on the state of game balance” as more matches were played using the additional cards. Released with The Curse of Naxxramas, Undertaker is considered an overly […]

  • February Games with Gold offers up Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

    The free games on offer in February via Xbox Live Games with Gold have been announced. Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One can download #IDARB during February. Xbox 360 users can grab Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons from February 1-15, when it will be replaced by Sniper Elite V2 from February 16 -28. […]

  • Kinguin blames unidentified Russian for deactivated Far Cry 4 keys

    Third-party game key seller Kinguin is issuing refunds to those who found their games deactivated through Ubisoft’s Uplay service. Customers which purchased keys for Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, The Crew and Watch Dogs are affected. Kinguin said 4,600 customer tickets were submitted over the last 72 hours and 35 out of 3,400 of […]

  • Video Unlimited to be re-branded as PlayStation Video starting in February

    Like Music Unlimited, Sony’s Video Unlimited service is being replaced and re-branded PlayStation Video. PlayStation Video will become part of PlayStation Network to streamline digital services for the over 64 million PSN users. PlayStation Video and PlayStation Music will be added to PSN which is already a destination point for the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Plus, […]

  • Spotify arrives on PlayStation Music this spring, Music Unlimited closing

    Spotify will launch on PlayStation Network this spring as part of a new music destination called PlayStation Music. PlayStation Music is a replacement for Music Unlimited, and those with a PSN account can link to Spotify which can be used just for music, or when playing games on PlayStation 4. Existing playlists from current Spotify […]

  • Closed beta for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts tomorrow

    The private beta period for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts on January 29. Those who pre-order the game via Steam, will automatically be included in the beta, enabling them to provide feedback on the first campaign in single-player mode. An additional beta period will be announced in the weeks leading up to launch. The […]

  • Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL available once more on UK store

    UK residents who want to get their hands on the shiny Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL can once again pre-purchase it through the Nintendo UK Store. If you want one, you better hurry because units will likely go rather fast. Only one per customer is allowed, and once you drop £209.99 on it, […]

  • Nintendo Q3: 1.9M New 3DS models sold, Wii U lifetime sales hit 9.2M

    New 3DS XL has sold 1.3 million units as of December 31, 2014, Nintendo announced in its Q3 financial results today. New 3DS moved 580,000 units by the end of the same period. Lifetime sales of both systems combined total a little under 1.9 million. Combined global sales for current 3DS models available in Europe […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s exo zombies reanimate a familiar format

    Advanced Warfare’s exo suits manage to bring an undead format back to life. Dave Cook welcomes zombies back to Call of Duty. “The challenges start to spike early so seasoned zombie slayers needn’t worry about being coddled.” Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s first DLC went live this week, dropping four very solid maps for multiplayer […]

  • YouTube app and Maps will be removed from PS Vita

    Sony said that it will end support for the YouTube and Maps apps, as well as remove the “near” feature in an upcoming firmware update. Sony has revealed that a system update releasing in March will remove the Maps app and prevent the “near” feature from obtaining location address or display maps, making it redundant. […]

  • There is a Destiny loot cave Easter egg in Dying Light

    Dying Light is the latest game to take a jab at Destiny by having its own loot cave. Destiny’s infamous loot cave has been recreated in Dying Light, sort of. Of course the loot cave in Dying Light is only an Easter egg and doesn’t actually net you any loot. Instead, upon entering it, you […]

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 supports co-op in story mode, but only offline

    You can play the campaign of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 in co-op, but not online. 4gamer spoke to producers of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 and made out with a few details concerning story, setting and more. The site confirmed that while you will be able to switch between characters in the single player, and have […]

  • The Witcher 3 may have a permadeath “Insanity” mode

    Although not yet confirmed, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developer CD Projekt RED is working on a difficulty mode dubbed “Insanity” that will delete your save if you die. During Monday’s Twitch stream, the developer took a few questions from the chat and we’ve got a bunch of answers. There are many interesting little bits […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition is the most successful launch for BioWare, based on sales

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is responsible for the most successful launch in developer BioWare’s history, according to EA. During last night’s EA Q3 2015 earnings call, the publisher said that Dragon Age: Inquisition was the most successful launch for developer BioWare. Today, we get a bit more detail. “In particular, Dragon Age: Inquisition had by far […]