Assassin’s Creed: Unity will run at a resolution of 900p and 30 frames per second on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4. But Ubisoft claims that it did not downgrade the PS4 version to maintain parity across the new-gen consoles.
Earlier today, comments by Assassin’s Creed producer Vincent Pontbriand started spreading where he claimed that Ubisoft wanted visual parity on Xbox One and PS4 to “avoid all those debates.” The developer was referring to gamers who use figures like resolution and frame rate when they argue about which console is better. Fans took this to mean that Ubisoft wasn’t taking full advantage of one system so that the other version wouldn’t look worse. The publisher has confirmed to GamesBeat that this isn’t the case.
Here is the full statement that Ubisoft provided to GamesBeat:
“We understand how Senior Producer Vincent Pontbriand’s’s quotes have been misinterpreted. To set the record straight, we did not lower the specs for Assassin’s Creed Unity to account for any one system over the other.
“Assassin’s Creed Unity has been engineered from the ground up for next-generation consoles. Over the past 4 years, we have created Assassin’s Creed Unity to attain the tremendous level of quality we have now achieved on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. It’s a process of building up toward our goals, not scaling down, and we’re proud to say that we have reached those goals on all SKUs.
“At no point did we decide to reduce the ambitions of any SKU. All benefited from the full dedication of all of our available optimization resources to help them reach the level of quality we have today with the core Assassin’s Creed Unity experience.”
In response to Pontbriand’s comments, gamers are using the Twitter hashtag #PS4noParity to demand that publishers avoid parity for parity’s sake. We’ll have to see if Ubisoft’s denial is enough to satisfy fans.