Confirmed: Assassin’s Creed III On November 23rd

As we previously reported, the PC version of Assassin’s Creed III will not arrive until November 23rd, three weeks after the console versions. Ubisoft confirmed the date in a release this afternoon.

I’ve reposted the “Frontier Demo” video below, as I think that’s the most interesting and impressive glimpse of the game that we’ve had so far.


  1. Kid_A says:

    It’s like they don’t even want my money.

    • RaveTurned says:

      For the PC market, this seems to have become Ubi policy.

    • Chris D says:

      What is mere money next to the grim satisfaction of conclusively proving those dirty pirates have never liked you anyway?

  2. Shooop says:

    “I’ve reposted the “Frontier Demo” video below, as I think that’s the most interesting and impressive glimpse of the game that we’ve had so far.”

    And that speaks volumes for how dull and done-before this game is.

  3. Alphabet says:

    As good as the graphics look to me, I think I would find the no-slip boots a little bit disconcerting. I get that it’s a game mechanic but it’s so divorced from real-world physics while being a representation of something almost-physically possible that it would put me in an uncanny valley state while playing. I’d be constantly worried about slipping!

    • AmateurScience says:

      The tree running is a bit uncanny valley isn’t it? The character is animated nicely but the trees not reacting to him at all really messes it up for me.

      • Toberoth says:

        Yeah, it’s bizarre and immediately very noticeable. Not sure how they let that one slip.

        Edit: Especially considering the graphics look very nice otherwise.

      • InternetBatman says:

        It really sticks out, doesn’t it? Maybe the engine or a console isn’t capable of a ton of reactive objects.

  4. pakoito says:

    Stop buying Ubi, and supporting their practices. Vote with your wallet.

  5. ZIGS says:

    Didn’t they recently say the PC version would at at the same time as the console’s?

    • ClockworkTiger says:

      Oh they always say that. And they always end up delaying the PC version anyway.

      It doesn’t bother me though. Despite really liking the series, I’ve always waited for the price to come down. I’ve never payed more that $20 for an AC game for either a console version (first two) or a PC version (the second two). I will freely admit that as far as my enjoyment goes, they are certainly all worth more than that, but at this point I just don’t want to break with tradition. If that means I end up waiting, so be it.

    • Milky1985 says:

      They said it and they were also questioned about when they would annouce the delay.

      They kinda annouced the delay at comic-con but then said “no no its releasing at the same time as consoles” a bit later as well :p

      • Loiosh says:

        That came from Gamespy: link to
        GameSpy: So when’s the PC release date?
        Ubisoft PR: October 30th.

        GameSpy: Yeah, but when’s the real PC release date?
        Ubisoft PR: It’s October 30th.

        GameSpy: Uh huh. And can you say that with a straight face?
        Ubisoft PR: You can ask me as many times as you like, but the answer will be the same.

        GameSpy: Very well, let’s move on. So, when will you announce the delay of the PC version?
        Ubisoft PR: …

  6. AmateurScience says:

    It worries me that I might have an issue tomahawking a chap in a kilt. It’s only a game after all.

  7. Xardas Kane says:

    What with all the hate? The game looks great and for the first time since the series’ inception we are getting it almost as soon as console players and I haven’t seen a single uttering of the words “always-on DRM”. Or are we blindly hating anything that has Ubisoft’s logo now?

    • airtekh says:

      It’s pretty much standard for any Ubisoft post on RPS. They have a permanent black mark among a lot of PC gamers.

      Three weeks isn’t a big deal to me, and I love Assassin’s Creed so I’ll be preordering this for sure.

  8. Milky1985 says:

    So THIS time can we get them for false advertising or fraud (they have gained monitarily from pre-orders and the lying bit can be shown from previous behaviour)? they have said quite clearly many times that it will not be delayed (even getting annoyed when someone asked them when they will annouce the delay) and that they won’t do it again, thus fostering more pre-orders and positive attitudes from a community

    Then they turn round to delay it again. Why are they allowed to do this :/


    Futher lies, they basically annouced the delay at comic-con , then went back on it then.

    link to

    They are doing more U turns than the UK government atm, which is actually impressive.

    And it has to be posted here, the classic quote, bottom of the page –

    link to

    • liquidsoap89 says:

      I don’t think delaying a game constitutes fraud. Games get delayed, everybody expected this game to get delayed (as ALL the other AC’s were). If you paid for this specifically because it was supposed to come out the same day as the console version (WHY!?) than quite frankly, you’re a little dense.

      • Milky1985 says:

        Delay a game isn’t, however willfully misguiding consumors , delaying multiple games and showing a pattern of it, declaring that it won’t happen again and getting money due to that declaration when people pre-order, then delaying it ? Might be a different matter.

        Fraud is ” an intentional deception made for personal gain or to damage another individual;”

        The gain here is both custom from people (anyone who beleived they would actually release on teh same day) and monetry (pre-orders) . The key part here is intentional however (has to be that for it to be fraud), based on previous behaviour however you could say it was.

      • Deano2099 says:

        Because you’re a big AC fan, and want to play it ASAP. You’d also like to play it on PC, but that’s secondary to playing it on release day.

        They’re announced to be the same, so you pre-order on PC.

        Then again, no-one is being denying refunds on their PC pre-order are they?

  9. Dowr says:

    And no doubt they wont use the three extra weeks to tighten up AC3’s PC port, like always – oh Ubisoft…

    • Phinor says:

      I’m confident that this time around PC players can actually move in the game before third patch.

      Yeah, Future Soldier PC port was pretty damn ridiculous.

    • HisMastersVoice says:

      The AC games, with the exception of the first, were all very good PC ports. Whether it was due to the extra time or simply good porting work I don’t know.

      • Balm says:

        Only If you don’t mind having to play on controller. AssBro had some horrid issues with mouselook. Which was wery odd, considering that they weren’t there not only in previous two games but not in AssBro’s own multiplayer.

  10. lordcooper says:

    Grabbing it for consolebox.

  11. kud13 says:

    that’s a huge improvement. it’lll only take them 3 weeks to install ubi-DRM this time?

  12. marach says:

    Personally I prefer link to over the frontier one simply because it gives a bit more detail on the new stuff…

  13. BoZo says:

    Those are some damn solid branches…

  14. Unaco says:

    So, it’ll be Q2 2013 for the consoles and Q3 for PC then?

  15. Berzee says:

    … Batman. >_>

  16. Sleazebag says:

    I’m not really sure if I’m gonna get this. I just got finished playing most of the previous games(except the first one, it’s far too repetitive), and while the gameplay is very entertaining, the plot is so utterly stupid and awful that I’m pretty sure I lost quite a few brain cells. In a lot of games I can just ignore a dumb plot, but these games are truly something else in that regard.

    Makes me wonder how the hell the story actually got a green light. And kind of makes me sad too, since there probably won’t be an actual historic game about assassins since the developers would probably be accused of plagiarism. Even with the fact that this series is about a templar conspiracy…no wait it’s about egyptian aliens creating humans and Desmond being a parkour Jesus and a solar flare that’s somehow stopped with golden eggs that give you magical powers. Also, GENETIC MEMORY.

    • HisMastersVoice says:

      “I can just ignore a dumb plot, but these games are truly something else in that regard.”

      Really? You haven’t play many games, did you?

      • Sleazebag says:

        I’ve certainly seen worse stories in games, but it’s probably the worst I’ve seen in a more recent series. Of course I’m pretty slow at actually playing newer games, so that might have something to do with it.

      • Shooop says:

        I’d ask you the same question.

        Even MW2’s plot had more logic than AssCreed’s “Use your DNA to live out your ancestors’ lives!”.

        • Thirith says:

          Science-magic != bad plot, at least not automatically. It’s a conceit and one that is utterly unrealistic, but then so many sci-fi conceits are. That doesn’t make the stories bad yet, unless you’re somewhat fanatically into hard sci-fi only.

        • woodsey says:

          I don’t really see the problem. It gets the job done and they don’t try and pretend it’s a super realistic device. You could certainly argue they’ve started to give it far too much screen-time (Revelations did make it silly), but through the rest of the series it’s just been a plot mechanic that adds a sense of danger over Desmond’s head.

          Personally, I quite like the plot (although again, Revelations did start spinning shit out of control). I can see how people can’t get past the pre-Humans (not aliens!) stuff, but if you can then it’s pretty enjoyable. And it certainly alludes to fairly interesting themes, intentionally or not.

    • zubbuz says:

      I love the AC story lines! Good mix of historic fiction and scifi…

  17. PC-GAMER-4LIFE says:

    Uplay is the worse possible DRM ever. Its not even stable & constantly loses my cloud saves on Splinter Cell Conviction. Think I may pass unless Ubisoft can improve Uplay a LOT!!

    • Sleazebag says:

      Yeah, Uplay is pretty horrible. I think it’s the only DRM I’ve had experience with where if it’s servers lag your game starts to have lag too, even if you’re playing single-player. What?

    • EPICTHEFAIL says:

      Yeah, there is no way to improve Uplay except by removing it completely and starting from scratch. I refuse to buy Ubi games on principle, and this is coming from someone who tolerates Origin. Here`s a slow, sarcastic clap, Ubisoft. You`ve managed to piss off someone who still likes Bioware and is willing to tolerate EA.

  18. paddymaxson says:

    I’m not overly fussed about waiting for an AC game. While it does make me feel a bit “second class citizen” I always wait for these things to drop to £10 on steam anyway. I’ve finally started revelations and it’s not exactly grabbed me!

    Edit: Though I did actually try playing it the day before and Uplay wouldn’t connect so I couldn’t play it at all.

    Load of shite.

  19. Vegard Pompey says:

    I don’t mind a bit of delay as long as it’s a good port – and their ports have been good since Brotherhood. (AC2 ran like shit on my awesome gaming laptop)

    • povu says:

      Indeed. The only issue I have with the AC ports is that they’re limiting us to 4 weapon hotkeys (keys 1-4) just like the console version, when there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be able to use 1-9.

  20. Splynter says:

    I have to say this is looking pretty great. I skipped Revelations as I was pretty tired of Ezio, but I think this might suck me back in. I do love forests and snow, though the comment on only two seasons per zone is a little disappointing. Also, it’s a good thing they could sneak ‘historical exploding barrels’ in there; puts to rest any questions of this being a video game.

  21. InternetBatman says:

    The Assassin’s Creed games have always been a wait until someone cracks the DRM purchase for me, so a few more weeks won’t matter. I’ve always found them to be really mediocre anyways.

  22. Ratboy422 says:

    Is it just me or does this seem like they are holding off because they think all the PC player will just steal it? Get the first month console sales out before the PC copy gets cracked. The first month is the only month for sales without used or cracked ones out there. This is 100% about them still thinking that all PC players are pirates. They have pissed me off to the point I wont even steal their games. Ubisoft is boycott material for me. They can have their plug-ins and DRM. Ill play games that work out the box. You know, like Bethesda games…..wait…

    • Ajh says:

      Mhm, I thought you could still pirate console games?

      I like Assassins Creed, but I don’t own a console. I own a 360…controller. Windows compatible usb awesomeness. (And how i don’t fall off ledges in skyrim…) I’ll buy this when it goes on sale on steam for insanely cheap because Ubisoft doesn’t want our money. They want 360 console owners money.