Assassin's Creed 4 is only a few weeks away from being launched and we were able to talk with Ubisoft once more about some of the differences people will be seeing with the next-generation versions of Black Flag versus what they will find on current systems.
This was a question Examiner really pushed hard to have answered because it's something a lot of people are wondering. What tangible details will we see as differences between next-generation games that are also available on next-gen?
Examiner spoke exclusively with Ashraf Ismail, who is Assassin's Creed 4's game director, and he talked about what he sees, up until now, as the biggest differences between the two generations.
"With the videos we show, we show next-gen because it's what's hot right now, people want to see what next-gen looks like. That's not to say the current-gen is not beautiful. It is the best looking current-gen Assassin's Creed we've ever made.
"It's really beautiful, but on next-gen the immersion is much deeper because we are able to push the visuals much more. On next-gen, when went go to a jungle we wanted the jungles to feel slightly oppressive, hot, sticky and humid. You really see it.
"You see the water beading off the plants; you actually see the plants reacting to everything properly. The core experience of Assassin's Creed across all platforms is the same, but for next-gen, we do take advantage of the hardware.
"We do take advantage of the peripherals. For example with the PS4, we do take advantage of the touch pad. The remote play on the Vita, we do take advantage of that as well," Ismail said.
It definitely seems like the whole "difference on next-gen" will truly be measured by consumers and those who review the games. It's going to be a major responsibility for all journalists who are reporting on these games and systems, to truly reflect the differences in the Xbox One and PS4 versions of games.
There are going to be a lot of prospective consumers who will be depending on these observations. Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag drops on Oct. 30th. For all of our latest exclusives, previews, reviews and features, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. Game On.