E3 2014: Assassin's Creed Unity "Can't Be Done" on Xbox 360, PS3

Plus, Ubisoft marketing executive Tony Key teases that publisher will talk about a new Assassin's Creed game for Xbox 360 and PS3 "soon."

The version of Assassin's Creed Unity that Ubisoft plans to ship on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this October "can't be done" on Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, the publisher told GameSpot this week at E3. Asked if a version of the game might be released on last-gen consoles, Ubisoft senior vice president of sales and marketing Tony Key said, "No, no. Assassin's Creed Unity is a next-gen game."

"It's built for next-gen; it can't be done on current-gen, at least we haven't figured out how and we're not trying to" -- Tony Key

"It's built for next-gen; it can't be done on current-gen, at least we haven't figured out how and we're not trying to," Key said. He pointed out that Assassin's Creed Unity is one of the only major multiplatform games coming exclusively to next-generation consoles this year.

Batman: Arkham Knight and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt were supposed to launch this year, but they were both delayed into 2015 for further polishing. Key said he's especially proud of the development teams working on Assassin's Creed Unity for their ability to overcome the challenges that new hardware and new development toolsets can create.

Though Assassin's Creed Unity is coming only to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, it's been rumored that another game--Assassin's Creed Comet--is in development for Xbox 360 and PS3. We asked Key directly if there would be a new Assassin's Creed game for those platforms this year, but he wouldn't budge.

"Yeah, there's plenty of current-gen Assassin's Creed fans out there. We hope to be able to talk to them about that soon," Key said.

Assassin's Creed Unity is set during the French Revolution and features a new hero named Arno. Ubisoft has recently found itself in a bit of hot water over Assassin's Creed Unity's lack of playable female characters. For more on Assassin's Creed Unity, check out GameSpot's previous coverage from E3, and our Stage Show demo from E3 (above).

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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jackmcmillan33
jackmcmillan33

this is shocking btw. i would say what 45% of gamers don't like or can't afford new gen consoles so why do they not build an interactive software so last gen consoles and new consoles can play off they same server because they would make tons more money and make gamers like myself a whole load happier and continue being a gamer. please do a last hora for the xbox 360 with unity. 

chris110804
chris110804

dang, so down i can not afford a Xbox One or PS4.

thatgamer2604
thatgamer2604

Ugh, so disappointed; no 360? I can't afford to but an expensive xbox one D: absolutely gutted, so many people are being deprived from this gaming experience.

lilj2626
lilj2626

yea wel bein a Vet like Im is i KNEW dis gon happn??we n CurrentGen Ps4 n Xbx las gen Ps3 n 360 Most Devs will b wrkn towards  Current gen games  its how it goes??Us Las gen gamers soon will hav to Move on to Current gen same how it was frm ps2 to 3 x1 to 360 its Life n gamin we ALL  kno it so Ass creed n MANY more games will slowly shift to Current gen PERMANETLY so its No saprize Las gen will b gitn Shorter Attntion Spans as we buy more n more Current gen n beside both sold 11 12mil???so by time Las gen goes Totally away we maybe up to 15-20mil??

death4us2
death4us2

"It's built for next-gen; it can't be done on current-gen, at least we haven't figured out how and we're not trying to.-- Tony Key"(translation) "We rushed out Assassin's Creed so we don't want to spend extra money putting it on older console" So in other words they will keep pushing out AC as cheaply and quickly as possible until people get sick of it and the series dies.

rickphoenixxx
rickphoenixxx

It's 10% too advanced for last gen systems, correct.

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

I'm glad consoles are almost done holding back games, for now. Soon they'll go back to their business and PC will suffer yet again.

shidib09
shidib09

I LOVE THIS FFFFFRACK LAST GEN YOU GUYS SUCK GIANT MEN THINGS GO AWAY

zanister12
zanister12

this sucks i need it on ps3 i know that u "cant do that" but i know u can half of us out their have only ps3 and x box 360 ( i have both ) but still i need u to work on it also did u ever think of the profit u will make if u put it on nex gen and current gen??


theKSMM
theKSMM

Correction:

- next-gen = current-gen

- current-gen = previous-gen

Once the systems are released, we can stop calling them "next-gen."

Defender1978
Defender1978

I am so glad I upgraded my PC instead of buying a new console.  My PS3 is amazing.  It plays all of my PS1, PS2, and PS3 games as well as all the games I bought through PSN.  The super amazing PS4 is a major step forward in power and a major step back in features.  The idea of Playstation Now could change my opinion some day, but I have no interest in re-purchasing my games.   Fortunately for me, most of the games coming out, with the obvious exception of a handful of exclusives, will be on PC.  

espadus0reaper
espadus0reaper

ubisoft confirms, there is another assassins creed game which is yet to release in 2015 that should be only for current gen


espadus0reaper
espadus0reaper

i am xboxgamer ubisoft can bring this years ass ASSasins  creed on xbox360 and ps3 since ubisoft has confirmed another ASSasins creed game whic is coming out in 2015

Shalabi04
Shalabi04

just to correct Alexandre Amancio, the name Al-Tair doesnt mean eagle, it means bird.

quinnd6
quinnd6

I'm an xbox 360 gamer at the moment because I still have a massive backlog of games that I bought in sales and haven't gotten through yet so I don't really care.

If you've got a 360 there's plenty of other games coming anyway.

Far Cry 4 and Call of Duty Advanced Warfare look great.

There's also  Dragon Age Inquisition, Borderlands, Sniper Elite 3 there's loads.

The developer for The Division admitted they could've made a version for xbox 360 but they didn't want to.

It's likely possible but draw distance, textures and details need to be sacrificed and you'd get a lot of aliasing and screen tearing as well apart from all that the gameplay experience would be the same but it'd look very poor when compared to next gen. It's likely the same case here, they just don't want to bother.

Anyway I'm happy having Far Cry 4 and COD Advanced Warfare just hope they don't look too bad.



Baconelite
Baconelite

Playstation 4 and Xbox One IS current-gen. Not next-gen. Get it right please.

Chiyou
Chiyou

I would be interested to see if they could have 2 successful AC games in one year... common sense tells me it's not happening.. But i'd get them both.. especially if I get to sail and upgrade a ship more.

goofproofash
goofproofash

I think this game looks amazing. Always been a fan of AC, through the ups and downs, a game is never guna please anyone 100% but this is definitely a series I will continue buying as long as they carry on. Pleased it is focused on next gen, gave us  a small insight to what xbox1 and ps4 are capable of doing. 

pyosisified
pyosisified

Assassins Creed should've died after the first one, it's a horrible series with no redeeming qualities, it's easy as hell, bland and soulless and the biggest joke is that this will be the 17th Assassin's Creed game since 2007, this is why we can't have good games, because you sheep buy all the same generic garbage year after the year. Assassin's Creed is no better than CoD

shansss123
shansss123

Assassin's Creed is awesome but what about Prince of Persia??  That's also an amazing IP

chrisacres
chrisacres

What is this absolute gobbledygook? Please try to get your point of view across using properly structured sentences and real words instead of jibberish text talk that absolutely no one can understand.

Kevlar101
Kevlar101

@death4us2 Well #1: They have spent 3 years on this one apparently.

#2: Why would you want it to be on older consoles? Doesn't everybody just complain about cross-gen titles? 

zrex2metagor
zrex2metagor

@AuronAXE :( this is so sad, I bought my PC last gen so I wont be able to play Unity!! :( .......oh wait........the PC doesnt have generations and console exclusives are getting less and less, and the PC is actually getting good exclusives.......yeah your comment makes no sense whatsoever.
Sigh, every so often you go around hearing a tro.ll about how the PC is dying, how its suffering and blah blah.

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

@theKSMM Maybe he means that it won't be a decent game until the next round of consoles, and is apologizing in advance.

f3kuinth3a55gs
f3kuinth3a55gs

@theKSMM Exactly, I have been sayting this for years (since the term next gen started to be used commonly for consoles around the ps1 and n64 era). Once a console, or a piece of hardwate is released, it it current gen.

robj21
robj21

Shadow of mordor is also on 360 and ps3 this year so that's the closest thing to "assasins creed" this year although it would just feel like a cheap copied version of the series

bourne714
bourne714

@Baconelite  Not really, PS4 and Xbox One have really yet to take off.  PS3 and 360 still have a MAJOR user base.  By Christmas I think it will be safe to say PS4 and X1 is current gen.  IMO.

lunchbox2042
lunchbox2042

@Chiyou I thought the idea of playing as a Templar on the last gen would be fun. It wouldn't be a bad way to end a generation of AC games.

Vizard666
Vizard666

@pyosisified Whether they make the game or not, how does it affect you? People are still interested in the game hence there is a demand for it. There are certain aspects of the game that does not please you but I still find that there are other elements such as exploration and history which make up for it. Sheep? I have lost hope in people like you who think their think that its either their way or the highway. Absolutely, no regard for other peoples interest. You may have a right to your own opinions but there is always a consequence to it when it violates or offends others.

goofproofash
goofproofash

@pyosisified AC is amazing. It's one of those games that can go on for a long time as there are a great amount of time periods they can set it in. If you don't like the games then don't take the time to read about them/watch trailers etc etc :| bit stupid is it not? 

Slinqy
Slinqy

@pyosisified 

Speak for yourself. I buy them because I enjoy the series. It's had ups and downs and a few bumps, but all-in-all it's been a fun ride. I also resent being called a sheep since they are one of the dumbest animals on the face of this planet.

ThePlantain
ThePlantain

@pyosisified don't know about you but i stayed away from AC for all those years then Black Flag was my first, if the AC games are like AssFlag and keep getting better i'll definitely buy them until i get tired

runningman5ksmak
runningman5ksmak

@pyosisified  I do agree that the game is easy but I dont think the series  sucks at all. unity though does not look like anything special if it does not have any ship battles it wont be that  good  ship battles were the best in assassins creed 3 and in black flag at least  those made it a little more challenging other then that  AC is easy with very Dumb AI. 

rohithkumarsp
rohithkumarsp

@pyosisified did you just come here to brag abt it ? 

prime_l
prime_l

@shansss123 

I remember reading an article VERY recently from Ubi saying that they haven't forgot about Prince of Persia. If I find it again, I'll link you to it.

I assume right now they're either just playing around with prototypes to find the next 'hook' for the series or it's in very early design.

themc_7
themc_7

@shansss123 I'd love to see more prince of persia. Whoa, hold the phone. Ubisoft should release an HD Prince of Persia trilogy. Sands of Time, Warrior Within, and Two thrones. I would pay a lot of money to play that.

death4us2
death4us2

@Kevlar101 @death4us2 #1 I hardly doubt they spent 3 years on it considering how many they have already made. Coming up with a game and actually working on it is two different things lol.

#2 I don't plan on buying a new console until they get them right and I am a gamer I don't care about cross-gen complaints but I admit a lot of people to cry about it for some dumb reason.

#3 Any good programmers should be able to make a game for any platform especially one they have made games on before.(Example)When you make a game for PC you had to really tune down the specs to make it for console So it is complete BS to say you can't make things for the last gen consoles that are still in use and being sold lol.

f3kuinth3a55gs
f3kuinth3a55gs

@bourne714 @Baconelite Once they are released they are current gen, adoption rate means absolutely nothing, if it did the virtual boy would be next gen.