Ubisoft discusses Assassin's Creed PC tweaks, performance

Assassin's Creed made sensational debut on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 launch last year, and the title is headed to PCs early next month. We've already heard that the PC version will have some extra content and fearsome system requirements, and now the folks at IGN UK have scored an interview with Ubisoft tech lead Charles Beauchemin to learn more about the port.

In the interview, Beauchemin elaborates about the extra content and tweaks PC users can look forward to. He says Ubisoft has tweaked the artificial intelligence of the assassination simulator's guards in order to make their behavior more realistic. The PC version of the game will also feature four new missions: an archer assassination, a rooftop race, a merchant stand destruction, and an escort mission.

The archer assassination requires the player to assassinate the archers in a dedicated zone without being seen. In the rooftop race challenge, the player will meet an informer and will have a set amount of time to reach a second informer. In the merchant stand destruction, some merchants have ties to the assassination target and their activities must be stopped by Altaïr. Finally, in the escort challenge, the player needs to securely escort a fellow Assassin from point A to point B.

According to Beauchemin, comments on Internet forums from players of the console versions of Assassin's Creed prompted Ubisoft to add this content. "We found out that the free-running, the possibility to climb everywhere and the freedom to go everywhere were extremely popular so we decided to build some new investigation types with those elements in mind," he explains.

On the technical side, Beauchemin confirms the specifications we saw last month and adds this tidbit: the DirectX 10 version of the game runs better than the DirectX 9 version in Windows Vista. ("DX10 uses a lighter API, which makes the application use less calls to perform similar actions," he elaborates.) That said, Windows XP DX9 performance is reportedly still close to Vista DX10 performance.

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