Nvidia Working With Ubisoft on Assassin's Creed Unity, Far Cry 4 PC

Nvidia is helping to bring "Hollywood-levels of smooth animation" to Ubisoft's upcoming titles.

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According to a press release, Ubisoft and PC technology company Nvidia are working together on the PC versions of Assassin's Creed Unity, Far Cry 4, and other Ubisoft games. This announcement continues a partnership that began with last year's Splinter Cell: Blacklist.

The press release states that Nvidia's support will allow the upcoming Ubisoft titles to incorporate more advanced tech and perform better than they otherwise would have. Ubisoft specifies that Nvidia's GameWorks team will bring "cutting-edge" graphics tech to the games. This includes "TXAA antialiasing, which provides Hollywood-levels of smooth animation, soft shadows, HBAO+ (horizon-based ambient occlusion), advanced DX11 tessellation, and Nvidia PhysX technology."

Ubisoft Vice President of Marketing Tony Key says, "Working with Nvidia has enabled us to bring an enhanced gameplay experience to our PC players… Through GameWorks, we have been able to add unique visual and gameplay innovations to deliver amazing experiences for these stellar Ubisoft games."

Recently, though, the GameWorks partnership has sparked controversy with the release of Ubisoft's Watch Dogs. Many users are reporting performance problems for Watch Dogs on PCs using AMD hardware. As a result, Nvidia's rival AMD has claimed that GameWorks tech "deliberately [cripples] performance on AMD products to widen the margin in favor of Nvidia products."

In the last few months, Ubisoft has released an announcement trailer for Assassin's Creed Unity and cover art for Far Cry 4. Both games will be at E3, so keep an eye on GameSpot for news, previews, and impressions of all upcoming Ubisoft games.

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Discussion

130 comments
ezeuz
ezeuz

Am i the only one here that think "Wow, Watch Dogs runs better than what i expected" ?
Also, the graphic is pretty good for low settings (with HBAO+ low).

2009 $700 Laptop. With FPS around 30-40.

The only thing is that I need to put a damn fan beside my laptop.

Devilish102
Devilish102

God Damn Ubisoft !!!, They seriously needs to fix Watch Dogs PC. Better hop AC:Unity & FC4 doesn't run like crap on launch. My brand new GTX 770 can't run Watch Dogs without stuttering. What a poor console port. Yes Watch Dogs graphic look so downgrading. Skyrim ENB is more stunning.

hellknight40000
hellknight40000

Oh, cool! Just like Watch Dogs, right? And that turned out great!


I can't wait to see how downgraded the visuals are at launch...

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

Hopefully it doesn't have "hollywood-level" storyline and characters too.

holenjd
holenjd

Didn't they work with nVidia with Watch Dogs...  Well I hope they get it right this time.

I still can't play Watch Dogs in full spec mode.  I had to drop everything to medium to get any sort of good frame rate.

ceaseless
ceaseless

@Marky360 You are right. Watch Dogs started on the PC, but it changed development once the PS4 came out. They rode that "PC is the lead platform" mess into the ground when they knew they switched to the PS4 and ported it to the PC. They told on themselves when asked about the problems saying "PCs don't have a unified memory architecture". That's how you knew it was a guaranteed port from PS4.

ginobili1
ginobili1

Guess I will have to wait a month or two after these games are released for patches and updated drivers. It is a sad day that you have to wait to play all your favorite PC games so late because of game-breaking bugs.

EA and Ubisoft should learn from the Indie devs who make the game unbiased even though they need the money more from these partnerships.

Kristhomas123
Kristhomas123

Watch Dogs runs decent on my AMD based PC. So I have no issue with this

shivam024
shivam024

which means no matter how good your amd gpu is , it wont be giving you consistent 30 fps. 

Deamon59
Deamon59

"Hollywood-levels": a nice cinematic 24 (or is it 30?) fps. Just try not to release a pc version as terrible optimized as watch dogs

ztron370
ztron370

My r9 290 windforce can handle this game.

peshu
peshu

Hollywood-levels? They mean the games will run in 24FPS on PC :D

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

You know when everyone says that PC gaming isn't dead, I think if PC gaming was ever going to die Nvidia would be the cause of it.

They are perfectly happy to pump out new graphics effects and crap like that which are inefficient and make the game run like crap in general so people need to buy their expensive graphics cards to brute force their way through them. Or in terms of Watch Dogs buy their expensive graphics cards and still have the games run like crap. But if they spent half as much on optimising games and making them run on lower end systems people could continue to play games on their current set up for twice as long without upgrading.

People will get wise to them sooner or later. They must do. They are up there with EA for scum in the industry for me.

SunSpot
SunSpot

Ubisoft really? How about you(Nvidia and Ubisoft) work to fix your current fuckfests of PC games....Can I say that word online?

domisbatman
domisbatman

No offense to Nvidia but Ubisoft can't be trust with that kind stuff isn't the game wills still drop frames,lag,and all of the classic Ubisoft PC stuff

Shivatin
Shivatin

It's Ubisoft, the game will run terribly regardless...

t0taldj
t0taldj

Well that doesn't mean anything to me tbh. Look at Watch_Dogs. Even with my Gtx 780, it runs like crap.

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

Yes, this quite clearly means that half the gaming population are going to suffer, and what's more, if Watch Dogs is anything to go by, the Nvidia crowd probably won't even benefit from it to any noticeable degree.

I *don't* like this direction, it's bad for everyone except Nvidia.  It shouldn't be allowed.  This is walled garden stuff.

Marky360
Marky360

Well it looks like if your running a PC with AMD hardware then AC Unity and Farcry 4 will play horribly for you. Sorry guys.

KSSuperhero
KSSuperhero

So they are gonna dirty these up for AMD users like they did watch dogs....good standards Ubi way to go.

Pelezinho777
Pelezinho777

You did just amazing job with watch dogs. The game is just unplayable on pc.

Wistful_Gamer
Wistful_Gamer

Hollywood-level, lol.

Games graphics are no where near that level they are talking about. Looking forward to 2017, when some really next-gen graphics might happen, I mean current-gen.

keranen1
keranen1

Damn just bought a new AMD card oh well wouldn't have change my mind not after my last Nvidia card crapped the bed.

cratecruncher
cratecruncher

Ubisoft Vice President of Marketing Tony Key says, "Working with Nvidia has enabled us to bring an enhanced gameplay experience to our PC players… Through GameWorks, we have been able to add unique visual and gameplay innovations to deliver amazing experiences for these stellar Ubisoft games."




This just in....former Ubisoft vp Tony Key will receive $50 million to head marketing efforts on the next installment of Farmville according to Zynga president, Don Matrick.  (kidding)

vduong942
vduong942

Nvidia still mad about consoles using AMD hardware?

lostn
lostn

I have to wonder if Assassin's Creed 40 will outsell Call of Duty 47 a few decades from now.

cratecruncher
cratecruncher

Wow!  It takes nads as big as basketballs for Ubisoft to announce something like this in the midst of all the controversy surrounding the Watchdogs pc screw-up. Then again, maybe they're just an incredibly tone-deaf, stupid company.

aegis_kleais
aegis_kleais

I feel for you AMD users, but don't be too sad; I'm using nVidia tech, and Watch Dogs ran like utter garbage as well. It doesn't matter how well graphics drivers are optimized for a game, if the game engine isn't optimized for the platform or hardware tech, it'll still run like garbage.

lunar1122
lunar1122

If the game is crippled on AMD then  i have one thing to say for Ubisoft..        ARRRGGG MATY!

naomha1
naomha1

If it's anything like Watchdogs release developed on the "superior Nvidia tech" bs I'll f*cking pass. Gimping AMD gpus on purpose (whatever Nvidia, you liars) anything made on Nvidia's tech is only to benefit Nvidia's gpus. F*ck Nvidia. Seriously. I stopped using them years ago because of their snooty attitudes, lackless drivers and overpriced gpus. 

Williams0907
Williams0907

Very good just picked up at 780ti to go along with my i7-4770k. 

MrRyubusa
MrRyubusa

@ceaseless @Marky360 Really explains why the game takes advantage of numerous technologies that are exclusive to the PC version! You do realize that PS4 and PC are both x86 architecture right? A "port" doesn't really mean anything anymore. A PS4 effectively IS a PC.

MrRyubusa
MrRyubusa

@Dannystaples14 What, so you want games to not advance visually? Most if not all of these games have visual settings that you can tweak in respect to the specifications of your system. Your argument holds if you wanted to run all games maxed out at release, but there's a premium you'll have to pay for that because games advance in technology at a staggering rate. You can still pump down most modern games and run them on lower end systems, and have the games look similar to their console counterparts.

Your argument is just moot, Nvidia simply prides itself on forwarding real time visual effects, and they do a damn good job of it. Comparing them to EA is just stupid, considering many of the higher ups at EA seem to have little interest in the final product of a game opposed to fitting a release into a profit margian, getting people to pay for DLC that doesn't even exist and over hyping titles as fully fledged products opposed to something that's unfinished and buggy.

Honestly man, I think you're just angry that you cant afford the hardware to run these games at the level they currently allow, you're simply crapping on a completely valid business plan that not only perpetuates hardware and software sales, but respects the industry it inhabits.

stewedyeti
stewedyeti

@naryanrobinson It very much isn't allowed, assuming there's proof that it cripples performance on non-Nvidia platforms intentionally. If Ubisoft was selling a product made to perform poorly for some customers at the behest of another company that would be considered collusion. 

Deamon59
Deamon59

@Marky360 good thing there's a good chance those games will do hardly anything differently from their predecessors with marginal improvements in graphics

falloutwanderer
falloutwanderer

@Wistful_Gamer What is more confusing from that sentence is that it follows after TXAA AA!!? When has anti-aliasing ever improved animation quality? lmao


Unless I missed a few words or something ?

falloutwanderer
falloutwanderer

@cratecruncher 

Agreed. 

Especially with the amounts of staff they have in their development houses on top of the high $$$ budgets they have for their games. There is no f**king excuse. Seriously. What's the damn point of having a decent to high-end gaming PC if we are not even able to utilize any of it because Ubisoft sucks at porting to PC.


Forget nvidia,they need to majorly improve their PC development.Period.

Marky360
Marky360

aegis_kleais

I got Watchdogs on PS4 and it runs perfectly fine with no stuttering or freezing. Something tells me the PS4 was the lead platform for development and the game was just ported over to PC poorly I might add.

ffspyda
ffspyda

@aegis_kleais yeh mine too, about the higher texture patch fix, anyone know when it'll be out?

ceaseless
ceaseless

@MrRyubusa It's not about "what's a PC". The point is it wasn't made to take advantage of common PCs and that the game was built around the PS4's architecture when the PS4 released with that unified pool of RAM. On PC, we have system RAM and graphics RAM seperately. The game wasn't made to take advantage of that in the proper way. What we have here is ported over from the PS4 with a few added Nvidia features and there is a difference.

You can't just duplicate a game from a specially configured console and expect it to work the same on a PC because "A PS4 is effectively a PC". It's not that simple.

ceaseless
ceaseless

@Marky360 You are right. Watch Dogs started on the PC, but it changed development once the PS4 came out. They rode that "PC is the lead platform" mess into the ground when they knew they switched to the PS4 and ported it to the PC. They told on themselves when asked about the problems saying "PCs don't have a unified memory architecture". That's how you knew it was a guaranteed port from PS4.

t0taldj
t0taldj

@Marky360 If it was, at least, 1080p... I would have agreed. Instead it runs on 900p at 30fps with watered down specs.

falloutwanderer
falloutwanderer

@ABIBASS @Williams0907 To either rub it in at AMD users being a d**khead or he/she is justifying their purchase...when no one cares. 


P.S. - I am a nvidia user. Just for reference. Just keeping it real.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@t0taldj It may not be 1080p, but works in every PS4 you put the game into. Do you really care about graphic when the game can't even be played in a lot of cases?

Priorities, please.