Assassin's Creed 4 dev says next-gen jump was 'incredibly smooth'
- Posted October 2nd, 2013 at 06:00 EDT by Michael Harradence
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag’s Ashraf Ismail has said that the transition to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has been ‘incredibly smooth’ in comparison to previous generations
Speaking with CVG, Ismail said that the the team had been working directly with Sony and Microsoft from an early stage, which facilitated the jump to new hardware. This is in direct contrast to the jump from PS2 to PS3, which he described as a ‘nightmare.’
“It was in the beginning, but it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be, mostly because the architecture of the two systems is much more like a PC. Part of our tech team was also focussed on next-generation from the get-go,” said Ismail.
“It wasn't that tough. It wasn't any where near as tough as the transition from PS2 to PS3. That was a nightmare. It was horrific. As a developer it was terrible. But this generation [transition] has been incredibly smooth. We were working directly with Sony and Microsoft from the beginning. We actually had the specs on the hardware very early on and we were able to give feedback and discuss features and so on.
“So it's been very smooth to be honest - and we have very senior tech guys who have been in the industry for a very long time, so we didn't have much trouble, to be honest.”
Ismail previously revealed that Black Flag will take newcomers around 60-80 hours to finish with a 100 per cent sync rating.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag stars Edward Kenway - grandfather of ACIII’s Connor - in a pirate-themed adventure taking place in a lush, open world Caribbean setting in the early 1700s.
Kenway captains his own ship, the Jackdaw, as he sails the high seas in search of lost treasures while battling Templars, pirates and rubbing shoulders with iconic, historical figures such as the infamous Black Beard.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is due out on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Wii U.
Stay tuned to PSU.com for more details.