Assassin’s Creed 4 lead explains reason for PC version’s release delay

Wednesday, 2nd October 2013 21:01 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Assassin’s Creed 4 on PC will release three weeks after the console versions, and according to Ubisoft, the reason PC titles sometimes tend to release later, is due to which system the “master version” was created on.

Speaking with Polygon, Assassin’s Creed 4 lead designer Jean-Sebastien Decant said the team spends the most time on the master version of a game before starting work on the remaining systems.

“It all depends on what is the master version,” Decant said. “If for instance, the [Xbox 360] version was the master version, or the PlayStation 3 version was the master version, then we’d need a little bit more time to adapt it for the PC. But we need to finish that other version first.

“The technology goal we had [for AC4] was for the current-gen. You need to finish one and make sure that it’s clean before you can then finish the others.”

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag lands on PS3 and Xbox 360 October 29 in North America, and November 1 across Europe. The PC version is due on November 19.

The PS4, Wii U and Xbox One versions will be made available on November 22.



  1. Lengendaryboss

    So… no reason for Wii U delay?

    #1 1 year ago
  2. monkeygourmet


    Because they don’t care about it?

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Lengendaryboss


    If that were true they would have pulled an EA by now, rumour has it there already going to.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Dunno


    #4 1 year ago
  5. pcbros

    I’m assuming using the PC as the master platform would only equal more trouble for them. I don’t think it’s a matter of personal preference.

    With the PC, they could go virtually all out since they have a very high graphical ceiling. This would make having to optimize the game to run on a console more difficult. More work would be needed.

    That’s how I see it.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. monkeygourmet


    Exactly, this is probably their last Wii U game, I will actually be surprised if it comes out atall!

    #6 1 year ago
  7. TheWulf


    Makes a lot of sense, really. If you’re developing a cross-platform title, you need to consider the lowest platform you’re going to run it on and optimise it for that. Then you can add bells and whistles later.

    This was actually my argument against people who have current gen consoles jumping to the next gen, because until developing exclusively for the next gen becomes common, you’re not going to see much of an improvement in anything at all. And you’re certainly not going to have better games for it, that’s for sure.

    I think when the XBox One/PS4 become the base platforms we’ll start seeing some difference, but I can’t see that happening until ’14/’15 at the earliest. We’ll see, I suppose.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Sethos

    You delay every single PC version because you’re cunts.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Lengendaryboss

    Someones upset.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Sethos

    Not particularly. Ubisofts are cunts, no need to be upset to say that. I don’t play any of their games in the first place as they released only rubbish.

    Oh and

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Lengendaryboss

    Good to know.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. Sethos

    Someones upset.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Lengendaryboss

    Not sure if serious or trolling? meme

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Hcw87

    Not everything is rubbish, Far Cry 3 was superior to the first two games (yes really), and Splinter Cell Blacklist was better than expected as well.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. YoungZer0

    So nothing new then?

    #15 1 year ago
  16. absolutezero

    Watch Dogs.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. TheWulf

    There’s no point in getting worked up over delays. Either you believe they’re spending the time working out the ports, or you don’t. If, once the game is released, it’s a horrible port that barely runs then just spend your money elsewhere.

    Likewise, if you feel the same as I do, that they’re just milking franchises unnecessarily and not doing enough new, then don’t buy the next Assassin’s Creed. Spend your money elsewhere.

    There are plenty of small and indie studios releasing genuinely original games all the time who’d love your money.

    Vote with your wallet.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. Samurai

    It’s comes out at the same time as the other next gen (read: next gen meaning releasing after previous iteration of console) releases, I see no problem.

    #18 1 year ago

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