Ubisoft’s been kinda sorta a little better about treating PC gamers like humans (or at least wallets with people attached) lately – what with the partial decapitation of its draconian DRM and shoring up of arbitrarily spaced out release dates – but some things never change. Mystifyingly, the Assassin’s Creed series has continued to bound right over PC on day one, preferring instead to fall off a roof and use our spines as cushions weeks later. For Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, that trend will not be changing – nor will the one where Ubisoft neglects to explain precisely why it keeps doing this in the first place.
Speaking with ElderGeek, game director Ashraf Ismail said that the PC version will be arriving “a few weeks after” it buckles console gamers’ hideously untidy swashes. He was adamant, however, that Ubisoft’s not neglecting those among us who dream of high-seas stabbing.
“We’re working hard on the PC version. It’s one of the main platforms we work on in the office. For our PC fans, don’t worry. The game on PC looks phenomenal.”
I don’t necessarily doubt it, either. We’re presumably getting the “next-gen” version (as our high spec, anyway), which next-gen consoles won’t even receive until they launch at the end of the year. So I guess the delay kind of makes sense this time, but only from the standpoint of Ubisoft gleefully welcoming its new console overlords.
Basically, though, it’s a new verse in a never-ending song, just with yet another potentially sour note thrown in at the end. Which is a bizarrely well-fitting description of the entire Assassin’s Creed franchise at this point, if you think about it. You can even sprinkle in pirates and it’s still applicable on both sides! Also, significantly more depressing and misguided on Ubisoft’s part. Man, words sure are fun. What were we talking about again?
Oh, right, Assassin’s Creed IV. The current-gen console version will be out on November 1st, so probably look for it to land on PC sometime around the 22nd I guess.