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Ubisoft claims it took new-gen hardware to add co-op to ‘Assassin’s Creed Unity’

Assassin's Creed Unity
Assassin's Creed Unity
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The fact that Assassin’s Creed Unity will only appear on new generation platforms is why the upcoming game will be the first entry of the franchise to feature a cooperative main story campaign. According to a report by CVG on June 23, Ubisoft revealed that developing the franchise’s text installment only on Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC required the creation of a new game engine in order to fully take advantage of the power provided by the newer hardware. This gave the developer the opportunity to build co-op mechanics straight into the system right from the start.

Ubisoft stressed that adding a cooperative multiplayer element to Assassin’s Creed isn’t as simple as merely tacking on a few lines of code to the game’s based single-player experience to turn on co-op play like a light switch. The developer admitted that the previous engine for the franchise’s last-gen installments, frankly, was not designed to handle the addition of other players. It took several entries into the series for the team to be able to add competitive multiplayer and even that was housed within a completely separate game mode.

However, by making the jump to new-gen platforms, Ubisoft is now creating a new engine for Assassin’s Creed Unity. This gives the developer the opportunity to lay the foundation for co-op mechanics directly into the new systems. This allows the developer to build the game around cooperative gameplay without having to force the feature into an engine that wasn’t initially designed for it.

Assassin’s Creed Unity launches this fall only on Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC. The game will take place during the French Revolution and will include four-player co-op content. Unity isn’t heading to last-gen platforms, but Ubisoft plans to break the franchise up and developer a different title that will only appear on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.