Assassin's Creed Q&A - Assassinating the Xbox

Producer Jade Raymond answers a few questions in light of this promising action game's recently unveiled multiplatform development.

Assassin's Creed was Ubisoft's most talked-about game at this year's E3, but it never struck us as the sort of game that ought to be confined to just one platform. Nevertheless, the company has always insisted that this promising action adventure from the creators of the latter-day Prince of Persia games would appear only on the PlayStation 3--until now. Finally, Ubisoft has come clean about development of an Xbox 360 version of Assassin's Creed, which has certainly whetted our achievement-craving appetites. For the first word on the 360 game, we went straight to producer Jade Raymond.

GameSpot: Why did you decide to bring Assassin's Creed to the Xbox 360?

Ubisoft has finally ended months of speculation with the announcement that Assassin's Creed will in fact hit the Xbox 360.

Jade Raymond: Our ambitions with Assassin's Creed are high: We're aiming to deliver a completely new gameplay experience on a brand-new engine. With artificial intelligence, physics, animation, and graphics ambitions like ours, we weren't sure how many consoles we could support. But we always wanted to share our next-gen vision with as many gamers as possible. We have just recently been able to prove to ourselves that we will be able to deliver on both systems without sacrificing the quality or innovation of our original concept.

GS: How long has the game been in development?

JR: A small core team started working on the concept and technology for Assassin's Creed a little over two years ago. Creating an engine from scratch to fully take advantage of the next-gen systems has been interesting and challenging because you have to wait a lot longer to see gameplay materialize and you're never really sure what is good enough. For a while we had to ban the words "next-gen" because people were getting hung up on them. We had to find a sweet spot in innovation that allowed us to make progress and not get caught up in the theory of what a game could be.

GS: Will there be any differences between the 360 and PS3 games in terms of content?

JR: I hate to answer in such a lame way, but I can't say right now...

GS: Will the game have any online features?

JR: Yes, we will have downloadable content, achievements, and all of that other good stuff.

GS: Will the control functionality vary by console, such as the PS3 controller's tilt functionality?

JR: We are prototyping this kind of thing right now, but we are not sure yet if the prototypes will make it into the final game. We don't want to add control features if they are going to end up feeling gimmicky. We want to make sure that everything in the game, including controls, makes sense within the overall experience and adds to it.

GS: What HD resolutions and audio will it support?

Now you'll be able to snap necks and get points at the same time.

JR: 720p and Dolby Digital 5.1.

GS: What can you tell us about the game's achievements?

JR: It's hard to list the achievements in a meaningful way without going through why it's cool to achieve them, but rest assured, they will drive the fiercest competition between you and your Xbox Live friends.

GS: Can we expect a Marketplace demo?

JR: Who am I to stop you from expecting? But I can't confirm anything at this point in time.

GS: Thanks for your time, Jade.

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killerjoe88
killerjoe88

how do i unlock the last memory block after i beat the game??

seijiro_hiko
seijiro_hiko

Does the ultimate edition come with a jade raymond!?? She could sell shed loads of copies she is a DIVA had to be said

vivendidoom
vivendidoom

hideo kojima is not a grand master of video game prowess...neither is any other developer. yes they are all within competition with one another but the thing about each company especially foreign is just the idea of spreading ideas to individuals who are inspired by an idea which in turn brings innovation and fresh ideas. thats it. hideo kojima is no different than cliff blezinski, peter moore, or the critically acclaimed shigiru miyomoto. they all have ideas that want to be bought.

kahoony
kahoony

this game sounds asthough its gunna b on just about everyones chrissy wishlist this year, i hope that this game will hav some gud online features, but i'll still get it. Can't Wait!!!

yugimasa9999
yugimasa9999

I love you Jade Raymond and all your games !! Imagine if she would bear me a child...? That child would have been a super genius game developer like Hideo Kojima !!! Wahahahahah !! No, seriously...Assassin's Creed would rock !!!

1PSman
1PSman

Those were kinda short answers she gave. But otherwise I LOVE THIS GAME SO FAR!!!!!!!!! :)

Crashbot
Crashbot

Way that waqs insite ful...Not

jacob-goodlich
jacob-goodlich

i wish that this was a ps3 exclusive soooooo much

SuperbGamer
SuperbGamer

I have an Xbox 360, but currently no PS3 yet. So this should be a good thing for other gamers too. Perhaps we'll just have to see.

lost118
lost118

This and aslo GTA IV are the two games i want the most. both coming out just b4 my birthday aswell!

MehrunesDagon64
MehrunesDagon64

This game is goin 2 be the best game ever. Probally will come out around the Christmas Thanksgiving Season

snax13
snax13

this game sounds very cool. i hope they can follow through with the controls being well put together. It sounds like they want to put this game together well...this one is on the wish list.

gamingangsta
gamingangsta

this is one of the games i want to get. i cant wait for assassins creed, halo 3, mass effect, gears of war 2, saints row 2 and many more

LS-Injection
LS-Injection

I think it's releasing around september time ;) 1 month befor GTA:IV

Kiwi_Champion
Kiwi_Champion

Dam it looks soooooo good i hope and pray this comes out be4 my Bday i want it so bad its the game ive been waiting for.Along with Halo 3,Fable 2 and Gears of War 2

Testament
Testament

this game is going to set new stardard of how interacting with AI population can react to your movement. I cant emphisize how revolutionary this game is going to be, with all the elements of prince of persia, ths game will give me a reason to buy a ps3, but i'm still waiting for God of War3, Metal Gear4, Devil May Cry 4 and Resident Evil 5. Damm sony, what's takin so long!!!!!!

The_Consequence
The_Consequence

I'm gonna get a 360 just for this, Oblivion, Gears, Too Human, Mass Effect, etc. I'm glad I won't have to support Sony just to get this, now only if Lair will go multi-platform...

-oG-ShAdY
-oG-ShAdY

I'm looking foward to the new gameplay that A.C. may offer. I just hope the Ubisoft hits it out of the park again with this new work.

bihboy69
bihboy69

im more hyped for a sequal than this game. they will know how to utilize the ps3's cpu better

BunDCrons_basic
BunDCrons_basic

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SAMKROW
SAMKROW

I got both 360 & PS3. I'm gonna still get it for PS3. I like the controller better. I do that with most games that come out for both systems. PS3 controller feels better in my hand. The buttons are just right...

BunDCrons_basic
BunDCrons_basic

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Nakkie34
Nakkie34

This is one of those games that remind me why I bought a 360. Gears of war was AMAZING but this is something completely different. Just like gears it takes the base of something good an trusted ( gears --> 3d person shooter, assassin's creed --> PoP and other platformers) and just goes crazy with it. Assassin's creed is Bigger, better, prettier and I bet it will have a great story. I cant wait, seriously i just cant wait.

mfv12979
mfv12979

ok u people need to stop with the pointless fighting about which system is better cuz its just a game who cares if they are coming out for both systems... its all about getting it... not everyone is capable of buying both systems anyways.. i for one only own 360 i mean i would have bought ps3 but i couldn't cuz you know why. they give me some bs like "were out of stock" and plus im waiting for good games to come out first b4 i buy ps3. the reson they made both 360 and ps3 cuz they want compitition. they are trying to find out which console will sell the most.. all u fanbabies need to stfu cuz all u guys do is complain about exclusive games and which system is better.. das wat u babies do comparing systems just do wat some people do "b happy that both system is getting it" no need to criticize geez... end of discussion.

SeyhanC
SeyhanC

So many great games this year, GTA4, Halo 3, GeOW 2, NBA 2k8, All-Pro Football 2k8, Unreal Tournament 3, And now AC, but out of all these games, I'm saying GeOW 2 with a 9.6, is gonna be the best, and then Halo 9.4, then AC with a 9.3, hey I'm just makin predictions, so dont get at me about it

DarthNader26
DarthNader26

I remember how depressed I was when I found out that this was a "PS3 exclusive." This would have been the ONLY reason to buy a PS3 to me, but now! Sorry Sony, you've given away your last exclusive. What's next? Warhawks? Lair? Thanks for ruining the only chance for a PS4 by giving away all of your good titles. First GTA, now this. Seriously, Sony needs to get a business plan...

LinKuei_warrior
LinKuei_warrior

he wants AC to stay in PS3 so that way the PS3 can have a title to hold over 360. "Haha!360 sucks cuz they dont have assassins creed!" anywayz...thats coolthat assassins creeds gonna be on 360.the game has a MGS/hitman feel to it.

firebreathing
firebreathing

why should it stay ps3 only??? are you seriously that greedy as to say OMFG ONLY PS3!!!1!11!!! Isn't it about how fun the game is not what **** console it's on???? Seriously, why do you care if it goes to another platform without taking anything away from the other version??

jasonvickers
jasonvickers

the game will be one of the best of 2007, but we also have mass efect, halo 3, gta4, fable 2. hard to say what will be the best. halo3

titalion117
titalion117

I find this to be quite funny because i have seen so many of these comparison videos and i see no difference. i was watching the tony hawk project 8 review for ps3 and i saw a lot of popping and when he was grinding a curb and i saw that the grass was not loaded and if it was it looked like it was welded to the concrete like a painting. Any way both systems are good and i believe that assassins creed will look the same on both systems so i believe the debates on which system is better should stop. P.S. so far from what i have seen a lot of these ps3 exclusives are starting to move over to other systems. and there are rumors that mgs4 will be on both x 360 and ps3 and Kojima productions are saying that at this time no but maybe

nikolaj1208
nikolaj1208

I think this game will be the best game in 2007

Ariesisapunk17
Ariesisapunk17

Im thinking PoP with better graphics which would be awesome since PoP succeeds on all other aspects.

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Ariesisapunk17

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Snake4eva_92
Snake4eva_92

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Evanrocknuma
Evanrocknuma

Ps3 is a piece of junk. I predicted they couldnt keep this game a platformer for long. But I will admit I did not know they would lose the licence this fast :)

Snake4eva_92
Snake4eva_92

Where is anyones proof of it looking better on either platform. Most multi platform games are developed on the 360 and then ported to the others, this may be slightly different considering this was a PS3 exclusive. But there is no proof that it will look better on either, i bet they wont make one better than the other because they will probably be almost exactly the same (the 360 wil probably have better textures, but the PS3 will probably have better lighting). They will both be almost exactly the same, god i hate fanboys, both are respectable systems so lets not fight, the only difference may be unlockables, downloadable content, and graphics (but neither will be better) and maybe a different control system because the 360 has rumble but PS3 has six-axis (if it is included).

Klown_hitman
Klown_hitman

hate to tell you samius1155... but the PS3 graphics is ALOT better... check the specs comparison... and as for calling Fable emmense, fable was the biggest let down, way too short and also way too easy... the only reason assassins creed would play as well on 360 is if it doesnt use full potential of ps3, which has the potential to provide ALOT better audio and visual quality, and not to mention blue-ray disks which will rip the normal 360 disks...

samius115
samius115

How is PS3 version going to be better? Have you seen the graphics comparison? That already knocks one of ps3's aces out the window, AND the games on 360 are so much better, more selection, it was the same with ps2 and xbox, ps2 prided itself on crappy sports games like pro evo, ooooo football wow! Whereas xbox had emmense games like fable and jade empire. Sony fanboys stick ya PS3 up your arse! Assasins creed will play just as well on 360, 360 pwns!

Jonseth
Jonseth

Wow! I think Im in love with Jade Raymond... What a GREAT looking game!

rormeister
rormeister

this game looks better than Oblivion

cann0n2o
cann0n2o

beckoflight says "Hahaha u'rself Xbox360 fans u did forget that sony has more exclusive titles that the PS3 & what is with 80% of the 360's games there all from the PC i'v played them all at a lower price u forgot everyting about his exclusive titles for Ps3 like : FFXII , DMC4,Armored Core 4 ,MGS4,Ressisstence,Warhawk,Tekken,VF5,Gundam & tehy just will keep on coming & tell me 360's fans do u see more the 15% of PC games ported to a NEXT GEN console like PS3 ??! & remeber Assassins creed will work better on the PS3 & not anly this game the same with the others my moto is "u put more money down for a better quality "! CYa" you need to learn how to type .... and spell! and do you know how geeky you sound?

Snowy_90
Snowy_90

i own a 360 and i can accept that the PS3 version is going to be much better. the PS3 will be a far superior console in most facets, i only have a 360 to pass the time until the good games on PS3 come out. i'll get this game on 360 if it comes out b4 the PS3 release but i'll get it on PS3 if it comes out post march. beckoflight is right, there will be heaps more good games on PS3 and there are only a few good exclusive 360 games like saints row and dead rising, all the other games are either available on other consoles.

badform
badform

this game looks great, but i hope it isn't a copy of prince I guess i should watch the trailers

Xrm150
Xrm150

This game looks like it will be great. I never played anything like this before. But I wonder if you can kill the people in the crowd with cool finishing moves and so on.