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One of the big questions about next-generation consoles is how much of a difference they'll make when it comes to cross-generation titles. In the case of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, the difference is purely in the visual department according to associate producer Sylvain Trottier.
"For us, it was a fundamental law: this is the same game, no matter what the platform," Trottier tells The Verge. He explains some of the tricks and techniques that make the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions look better, like more realistic environments.
Development for the new hardware did improve the current generation versions. For instance, plants don't move as naturally on older consoles, but they are better for the tech incorporated into the Xbox One and PS4 iterations. You can read more about the visual differences in The Verge's interview. If you're trying to decide between the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions, know that the exclusive Sony content will later be available on other platforms.
[Source: The Verge]
Our TakeIt's nice to have definitive answers about the differences in versions of a major cross-generation title like Assassin's Creed IV. While this information can't be extrapolated to every title appearing on both sets of hardware with absolute certainty, it is a useful look at how teams are approaching one game running on a diverse set of specifications.
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Great information. Thanks Mike! I love how the Ubisoft employee recommends waiting for the next generation in the full article. But I have been wondering if the Sony timed exclusives were on both generations and whether or not gameplay is impacted between the generations.
After all of the delays, this fall really features well known IPs with a handful of next generation exclusives between the two consoles. I am missing the type of decision I had last fall choosing between Dishonored and XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Ah well, that's my tangent.
not really surprising , i mean they made it for current gen systems in the 1st place they didn't actually make the jump , if they had it wouldn't be on current gen and to make it 'different' for next gen would cost more
for a sec i thought the descibtion said "The Same Game, No Matter What The Setting it's In" .....
Not surprising to hear. I'm really looking forward to the game on PS4 though. Ooh, shiny...
thats a shame, i hate to see games being limited by old hardware, but I am use to anyways....pc gamer....
I wouldn't be expecting anything other than a slight visual update on the next gen versions of a cross gen game. Good to know for sure in this case, i guess but for me it would be more surprising if one of the devs came out and said "There will be major differences in the game depending on your generation of console!" That would almost definitely be met with harsh criticisms.
What about pop-ins? Don't tell me that's not an issue on current gen. AC 3 had it and it's not a seemless open world like AC 4. They must have made pop-ins less frequent on next gen.
This is one of my launch titles, but I for one know that this will not only be no different than current gen but from what I've seen from the game so far it won't be vastly if at all different from ac3