Back in 2014, the gaming public was ecstatically waiting for Assassin’s Creed Unity. A game made for the then new Xbox One and PS4, the game was meant to showcase the graphics capabilities of next-gen consoles. It was also released on PC the same year.
Set in 18th century Paris during the French Revolution, the game would boast huge crowds, beautifully rendered architecture and highly detailed characters.
Sadly, though, Assassin’s Creed Unity had one of the worst launches in video game history. It shipped with a plethora of bugs and glitches that caused much embarrassment for publisher Ubisoft, plus the game also ran at a snail’s pace at times, not even managing to reach 30 frames per second on occasion.
Of course, Ubisoft patched the game into shape in the months following its release (and even gave away the pretty good Dead Kings DLC as compensation to gamers), but even a fully patched Assassin’s Creed Unity on Xbox One isn’t a very smooth experience: the frame rate is inconsistent at best, instead of the solid 30 frames per second it should be.
But now it seems that those who get hold of Microsoft’s Xbox Series X console will be able to enjoy Ubisoft’s game the way it was meant to be played… Actually, Unity will be an even better experience due to the fact that it can run at a locked 60 frames per second on the Series X as seen in the video below (via Forbes).
Six years and two consoles later, Xbox Series X finally delivers Assassin’s Creed Unity at a locked 60 frames per second – and it’s superb: https://t.co/oXAzlO1sCX pic.twitter.com/TgBJGXfs89
— Digital Foundry (@digitalfoundry) October 10, 2020
This means if you’ve got an Xbox One copy of Assassin’s Creed Unity gathering dust in a shelf, that the game will feel like a completely new experience when running on the Xbox Series X if you decide to upgrade to Microsoft’s console in the future, something which could make up for the Series X’s lack of exclusives at launch.
Because truth be told, Assassin’s Creed Unity’s graphics were revolutionary at the time, and the poor frame rates on console and launch glitches distracted from what could have been a fantastic experience. So it’s a good thing that more people will be able to enjoy the game the way it was meant to be played when Microsoft launches the Xbox Series X this fall.
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