Assassin's Creed Unity is the first next gen outing for the franchise and the first solely next gen game for developer Ubisoft. So it's kind of a big deal, which means all sorts of technical questions are being asked. And that includes issues about resolution and frame rates.
It has been a recurring question around next gen releases as developers struggle to get the most out of brand new hardware. And its a pretty big ask to expect every single title to run at full 1080p and 60 frames per second. So it was unusually frank of Unity's producerVincent Pontbriand to confirm that the game will run at 900p and 30 fps - "We decided to lock them at the same specs to avoid all the debates and stuff."
Which makes perfect sense - setting an attainable bar and working to make sure the game looks and feels consistent across different console iterations. There's a lot of other stuff going on behind the scenes of Unity, including advanced AI and the most detailed worlds Ubisoft has ever created. But nonetheless some people cried foul.
Now Ubi has responded again to clarify matters:
"We understand how senior producer Vincent Pontbriand’s’s quotes have been misinterpreted. "To set the record straight, we did not lower the specs for Assassin’s Creed Unity to account for any one system over the other. Assassin’s Creed Unity has been engineered from the ground up for next-generation consoles. Over the past four years, we have created Assassin’s Creed Unity to attain the tremendous level of quality we have now achieved on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC."
The shorthand is you're going to be getting an incredible looking game on both consoles, which runs smoothly and has dynamic systems that you've never seen before. Bear in mind that no one ever said every next gen game had to be 1080p and the focus on resolution above all else, even above gameplay quality, does a dis-service to the years of work which goes into these titles.
You could always just get a PC...
Assassin's Creed Unity is on Xbox One, PS4 and PC from the 11th of November 2014.