Ubisoft has confirmed that Assassin's Creed Unity has been delayed, as the game is now set to appear right alongside the other Assassin's Creed game of the fall, Rogue, on November 11, in North America, and November 13, in Europe.
Unity is one of the biggest iterations in the long-running series made by Ubisoft, as it introduces a new historical time period, in the form of the French Revolution, a new protagonist, Arno Dorian, and quite a lot of core changes to the regular mechanics of the franchise.
However, it seems that the huge scope of the game has resulted in some complications, as Ubisoft has confirmed on its UbiBlog that extra time is needed to ensure that Unity delivers the best experience possible this fall.
As such, instead of launching at the end of October, the game's release is now set to take place right alongside that of Assassin's Creed Rogue in early November.
"This being a fully next-gen game, it requires a lot of work, a lot of production, and a lot of learning,” Senior Producer Vincent Pontbriand said. "It’s always hard to be precise and to quantify exactly how much work is involved. So as we get close to the finish we often realize we’re near the target but we’re not quite there yet."
According to Pontbriand, the game introduced a lot of changes to all the key mechanics seen in the series so far.
"We rebuilt most of the systems. Sometimes to improve the experience. Sometimes to improve the gameplay itself. Sometimes to reskin it, to make it look fresh all over again. Or sometimes because we had to make everything online-compatible."
And because of its huge open world and the many new things being attempted in Unity, not to mention the fact that it launches only on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, extra time is needed.
"And AC is a huge open-world game. We have thousands of NPCs on screen. We have more depth in the types of AI we’ve built. The graphics are spectacular. The processes are way more complex. Which makes it exponentially harder to grasp everything than it was in the previous generation."
Assassin's Creed Unity is set to debut now on November 11, in North America, and November 13, in Europe. Its new release now coincides with the launch dates for Assassin's Creed Rogue, this year's entry in the series that's set to appear only on the PS3 and Xbox 360 platforms.