Report: Assassin's Creed: Origins' PC version has framerate issues "on par" with Unity
That's no good.
The attack of the dreaded poorly optimized PC port is a reality that PC gamers know all too well. Despite having access to the best hardware money can buy, some developers simply don't take or can't find the time to optimize for the platform. A new report from WCCFTech came out a few days ago, based on a hands-on session with the PC version in which the writer stated that while "the environments were wonderful" to look at, Origins was "plagued" by a sub 30 FPS framerate.
For a platform that prides itself on hitting 60 FPS in all games, this isn't going to fly.
Here's the full excerpt:
"Nothing I did in the Assassin’s Creed: Origins demo was particularly fresh for the series, honestly, but the environments were wonderful. Or, would’ve been wonderful. The fact is, my entire experience was plagued by a single, constant issue; low framerate. I actually tried the PC version under the impression I could witness up-to 60FPS, but instead I was plagued by what was below 30FPS, constantly. Constant stutter hampered my experience, ruining both gameplay and visual fidelity. The issue here, on the PC version, truly is on par with early Assassin’s Creed: Unity, a game infamous for poor performance on launch – though it should be said, gameplay I witnessed on the Xbox One X version of the game had no such issues from what I could see."
There is nothing good about being "on par with early Assassin’s Creed: Unity," whose many performance issues at launch cast an inescapable shadow over the game that it never fully recovered from. Sure, there's still time until launch, and it's not as if these issues aren't fixable, but the fact that Ubisoft saw fit to have this version in a hands-on session at a press event is a bit of a red flag.
We've heard plenty of good about Assassin's Creed: Origins, particularly in regards to its Xbox One X version, which (as you can see above) looks and performs beautifully. Then again, it would be catastrophically dumb for Ubisoft to enter into a marketing deal with Xbox and drop the ball with the game's performance on the platform.
In any case, Assassin's Creed: Origins is going to release on October 27th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and (for now) on PC.