Assassin's Creed IV for PS4 Features "Improved" Graphics and Vita Remote Play

Assassin's Creed IV for PS4 Features "Improved" Graphics and Vita Remote Play

The PlayStation 4 is beginning to look like the definitive version of this year's Assassin's Creed.

If you're on the fence about picking up the PlayStation 4 or current-gen versions of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, creative director Jean Guesdon says the PS4 version will bring more to the table. Better graphics, a more "immersive" experience, and more content are coming along for the ride.

"Graphics, obviously, will be improved to give you a more immersive feeling: leaves and plants move with the wind, waves feel even more lifelike, sails billow in the wind, etc. Other than that, we do support the PS4 touchpad and Vita Remote Play, which means you will be able to play AC4 on your Vita through your PS4," Guesdon told GamingBolt.

I'm reasonably sure that a pirate's life wasn't always this awesome.

"You will definitely feel the effects of our tropical storms, and of the wind blowing in your sails," he added. "That is what I was referring to when I was saying that the improved graphics helped us increase immersion. Wind is such an important element in the pirate fantasy that we made sure a lot of thought was put behind its representations in our game."

In a developer video interview released by Sony back in May, Ubisoft admitted that the PlayStation 4 was allowing the Assassin's Creed IV team to stretch their technical muscles a bit.

"The first thing which is going to change drastically is the graphics because we think that visually - with the stronger GPU, stronger CPU, a lot of RAM - we are going to be able to exploit this console and push the bar visually," said associate producer Sylvain Trottier in the video. "All the little details that you cannot right now put on the current generation consoles because the console is running at 100 percent right now."

The PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 versions of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag also feature an hour of extra content (three missions in total) featuring Aveline, the protagonist from Assassin's Creed III: Liberation on PlayStation Vita. Unfortunately, while the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U versions of the game are coming on October 29, 2013, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions will have to wait until those systems actually launch. The PC version has been delayed, with no concrete release date yet.

Pirate swag. That you pay for. So not really pirate-y at all.

Finally, Ubisoft has announced the Limited Edition of the game for $129.99 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 4, with the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One versions coming later for an undisclosed pricepoint. Sorry Wii U owners, the Limited Edition train has passed your station this time! This new edition contains the full game, the soundtrack, a SteelBook case, an 80-page art book, a 28" x 48" pirate flag, and an 18" statue of Edward Kenway. The Limited Editions for each system will be available on their respective release days.

Mike Williams

Reviews Editor

M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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