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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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  • Final Fantasy 4: The After Years 3D remake releasing on Steam next month

    Final Fantasy 4: The After Years has been given a makeover and will be released on Steam of PC next month. You can now pre-order it on Steam and take 10% off for the time being. The game will be released on the digital service May 12 and will include trading cards and achievements. Thanks, […]

  • This Project Cars video shows off the racer’s multiplayer

    Project Cars developer Slightly Mad has released a new video giving you a look at the game’s multiplayer. The game is out next month, and if you would like to refresh yourself on the tracks included,  give this a look. While you are clicking links, here’s the minimum and recommended PC specifications which dropped last […]

  • Looks like Logitech is getting out of OEM mouse production business [Clarification]

    Logitech will no longer produce “low-end” mice, citing a decline in PC accessories. This story has been updated to include a clarification. According to a Reuters report, per MCV, the firm will instead focus on video accessories and streaming music, as its wireless Bluetooth speakers are now its best-selling product rage. This will help offset […]

  • Win! We have 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys to give away

    Must have more MOBA? Win one of our 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys and see if you’re more Blizzard than LoL. Can’t wait for June 2? Of course you can’t. We have 1,000 closed beta keys for Heroes of the Storm to give away this week, allowing you access before Blizzard’s MOBA goes […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X Nintendo Direct airs tomorrow, April 24

    A Nintendo Direct devoted entirely to Xenoblade Chronicles X will air this Friday, April 24. The video showcase will start at 11am PDT/2pm EDT/7pm UK. After the showcase, a new Nintendo Treehouse: Live presentation featuring the game will air. This is the second Xenoblace Chronicles X Nintendo Direct, but the first in English. The first […]

  • Blizzard will have 500 game stations set up at gamescom 2015

    Blizzard is heading to gamescom 2015 in August and it will have 500 game stations set up for attendees to get their hands on five of its titles. The developer will be set up in Hall 7 and those who stop by will be able to get hands-on with the latest content for Heroes of […]

  • PS4 price cut to £299 in UK

    Sony has dropped the price of the PS4 in the UK. For a limited time only, you can grab the console for £299.99 from Argos, Game, Tesco and Very. Go to Amazon.co.uk and you’ll get it for £289. You’ve only got until April 28, then it goes back up to £349. Go, go, go. For […]

  • Mad Max: first ever gameplay footage revealed

    Today, we get to finally take our first look at gameplay from Mad Max. Avalanche and Warner Bros. have shown off the first gameplay trailer for Mad Max today. The trailer below offers a look at melee combat, car combat, customisation and much more. Give it a watch below: There are a few new screenshots […]

  • Overlord: Fellowship of Evil has four-player co-op like we figured

    Codemasters has pulled the veil back on the next Overlord game, and its a four-player co-op game called Overlord: Fellowship of Evil. Rhianna Pratchett is back to write the story. The game may be co-op at its core, but it can still be played single-player. Each of the four playable character have strengths and weaknesses, […]

  • Update now available for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Pokemon X and Y

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire along with Pokemon X and Y are being updated by Nintendo to fix a few bugs and in-game text. There’s also the possibility of a few hacks and exploits being fixed. Per Nintendo Life (via Serebii), both patches are 250-270 blocks in size, and it’s a mandatory update which […]

  • Side-scrolling cover shooter Not a Hero gets a demo

    Not a Hero, the upcoming game from OlliOlli developer Roll7, has received a demo. The demo for Not a Hero was made available today on Steam. In the game, you play as Steve, the campaign manager for BunnyLord. A time-travelling rabbit who’s running for mayor of London. Think this is an absurd premise? This trailer […]

  • You have until April 30 to export your Green Day: Rock Band tracks to Rock Band 3

    Harmonix has announced that those looking to export their song collection from Green Day: Rock Band into Rock Band 3 can only do so until the end of the month. April 30 will be the cutoff date for anyone who wants to export tracks from Green Day: Rock Band into their Rock Band 3 library, […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight minimum, recommended, and ultra PC specs revealed

    Batman: Arkham Knight is looking like it’s going to be quite a taxing game. Nvidia has released a list of the minimum, recommended, and ultra PC requirements for Batman: Arkham Knight. Here’s the full thing: Minimum OS: Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1 (64-bit Operating System Required) Processor: Intel Core i5-750, 2.67 GHz | AMD Phenom […]

  • Bloodborne patch 1.03 is live, reduces loading times, fixes suspend/resume bugs, more

    Patch 1.03 is now live for Bloodborne. The patch reduces loading times, adds item descriptions to loading screens, and fixes other various bugs. From Software has pushed update 1.03 live to all Bloodborne owners. As promised, it reduces loading times by approximately 5 to 15 seconds. Another new addition is showing item descriptions instead of […]

  • Battlefield 4: first look at Community Map in action

    Get your first look at the map designed by the community of Battlefield 4. Battlefield 4′s community-designed map is a reality. DICE has recently updated CTE to include an early version of the map. It’s not fully textured as Westie is about to show you, but the layout is nearly finalised. Westie goes over the […]

  • Microsoft apologises for uploading misleading Witcher 3: Wild Hunt footage

    Xbox’s YouTube channel uploaded a video of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt yesterday that was captured from the PC build. The most recent gameplay video for the The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt appeared on the Xbox YouTube channel and showed a quest from the game’s opening section. A few minutes after it had gone live, […]

  • Assassin’s Creed creator’s new game is Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

    Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is the game Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Desilets has been working on. Patrice Desilets has just announced that the next game his indie studio Panache Digital Games is making is called Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey. The announcement comes from Desilets’s keynote at the Reboot Develop event in Croatia. The trailer started […]

  • Bloodborne: Cathedral Ward closed door mystery solved

    The mystery of the locked door at the bottom of the Cathedral Ward in Bloodborne has been solved. Bloodborne, like earlier From Software games, is filled with doors that don’t open the first time you try them. Some will give you “locked” messages, others “does not open from this side”. Some of these will open […]

  • Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Desilets is revealing his next game now [UPDATE: ended]

    Patrice Desilets, one of the original creators of Assassin’s Creed is hosting a presentation where he’s expected to talk about his next project. Patrice Desilets has emerged once again. This time he’s attending development conference in Croatia. Desilets is giving a live keynote and there’s a good chance we’re going to hear about his next […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: everything you need to know about gear upgrades & The Reef

    Bungie revealed plenty of important details in last night’s Destiny stream. Let’s go over everything. Alex wants to make sure you don’t miss any of the information revealed yesterday. Most of it affects all Destiny players too, even those who don’t intend on buying House of Wolves. During the first stream, Bungie explained the armour […]

  • Mod-friendly Galactic Civilizations 3 will leave Steam Early Access in May

    Galactic Civilizations 3 will leave Steam Early Access next month for a full release, Stardok has announced. The developer called the game the “largest and most diverse strategy sandbox to date,” as players have a variety of tools such as diplomatic treaties to resource exchanges, and United Planets resolutions to hundreds of research directions for […]

  • Ys 6: The Ark of Napishtim is out next week on PC – here’s the pre-order trailer

    Ys 6: The Ark of Napishtim will be released next week on PC, and today, we have a pre-order trailer for you. The game will be made available on April 28 for $19.99/€17.99/£13.99 on GOG, the Humble Store and Steam. Along with improvements over the original PSP version, it will contain less backtracking, controller support […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves – full gear set up to level 34 in PvP and PvE, upgrades, more

    The Destiny: House of Wolves livestream this afternoon was chock full of information. Read onward for our full report. According to Bungie, Petra Venj, who serves the Queen, is the main story agent who leads the player through the main series of quests. Players who complete bounties will be able to level up in her […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves – watch the livestream right here

    Bungie will host a Destiny: House of Wolves livestream at 2pm EDT today, and you can watch it right here. Watch live video from Bungie on www.twitch.tv The stream will introduce the new social space, The Reef, as well as gear upgrade paths. House of Wolves contains new Strike missions, The Prison of Elders three-player […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 22 team includes Barcelona, Chelsea players

    This week’s FIFA 15 Team of the Week is now available for FIFA Ultimate Team players. Each team member, as with previous weeks, is selected base on the previous weekend’s matches. Here’s the list of players now available: Starting GK: Claudio Bravo – FC Barcelona (Spain) CB: Leonardo Bonucci – Juventus (Italy) CB: Ömer Toprak […]

  • Sony’s Spring Fever Sale winds down with Shovel Knight and Call of Duty discounts

    It’s the final week of Sony’s Spring Fever Sale which means more games have been added to the mix. Shovel Knight, which launches today is one offer, and the rest are all Cal of Duty titles. The Taken movie series is on sale as well. With Shovel Knight available today on PlayStation 3, PS4 and […]

  • Drivers for Xbox controllers, voice messages, more features available in Xbox One preview

    Microsoft has announced new features coming to Xbox One and the Xbox App on Windows 10 through the preview program this month. Some of the new features have been requested by the community for both Xbox One and Xbox One SmartGlass. Here’s what to expect, straight from the horse’s mouth: Xbox on Windows 10 Game […]

  • Total War: Warhammer has been announced for PC, Mac, SteamOS

    Total War: Warhammer has been announced after previous teases from The Creative Assembly touched upon it. The game will contain “gigantic monsters, flying creatures, legendary heroes and storms of magical power.” It is also the first in a trilogy which includes two additional standalone titles and extra content packs. It will feature thousands of warriors […]

  • This video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt features a quest from the prologue

    A new video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been released, showing off the Precious Cargo quest contained in the game’s prologue. The quest tasks Geralt with helping a merchant retrieve a mysterious box from the swamps. The scene looks familiar, but we’ve seen so many videos for the game it’s hard to tell […]

  • Limited public beta for The Elder Scrolls Online kicks off tomorrow on consoles

    The limited public beta for The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited will launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One tomorrow, and Sony has provided details on the tester for those who’ve been invited to participate. The beta test contains the full version of the game and will run from April 23-27, and will start and […]

  • Dying Light debuts in second place on Media Create charts

    Techland’s Dying Light made its debut in Japan lats week, coming in a respectable second place behind Nintendo’s Girls Mode 3: Kirakira Code. The zombie shooter sold 25,530 units on PlayStation 4, while the top earner for the week moved a little over 55,000 units on 3DS. Another western release when landed on the chart, […]

  • Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven will release in the west this June

    Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven has been given a release date by XSEED Games, which announced the localization back in February. The title will launch for 3DS in North America on June 2 digitally and through retail. It will be an eShop only title in Europe and Australia when it releases on June 4. A […]

  • This Overlord video teases four new faces of evil

    A new Overlord game is in the works, going by the previous teasing and this video – which teases the possibility of four-payer co-op. Or just four characters to choose from. We don’t know just yet – all we know is the team is asking you to “join the fellowship.” A new entry in the […]

  • GTA movie will star Daniel Radcliffe as Rockstar’s Sam Houser, the BBC confirms

    The GTA movie Game Changer will star Daniel Radcliffe as Rockstar co-founder and president Sam Houser, theBBC has confirmed. The BBC also confirmed Bill Paxton will play Jack Thompson, a role Paxton already confirmed last week when speaking with Deadline. Here’s the synopsis per the BBC: “Conceived for an adult audience, this special 90-minute drama […]

  • Take a look at Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold’s Classic Mode

    Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold’s Classic Mode has received a trailer today. Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold will come with two modes, Classic and Story. Classic Mode was trailered today and in it, you’ll get to make your party by choosing from 13 classes. You’ll be able to customise them too using the character creation tool. Revamped […]

  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows to come with new challenge mode

    Shovel Knight’s upcoming expansion Plague of Shadows will bring with it a new challenge mode. Shovel Knight developer Yacht Club Games has revealed the challenge mode, one of the new additions coming to the game with the free Plague of Shadows expansion. “Are you more into digging than distillation? Already have your Feats book long […]

  • Nvidia releases complete graphical guide for GTA 5

    Those with GeForce cards will be happy to know that Nvidia has released a comprehensive graphical tweaks guide for GTA 5. Nvidia usually produces graphical guides for the big AAA games, and GTA 5 is no different. Their guides offer in-depth coverage of each in-game setting, how much they affect framerate, if they can be […]