We have some bad news if you were planning to pick up the PC version of Assassin’s Creed 3 at the end of October. It has become apparent that the PC version will now be releasing almost one month later than console versions – possibly due to DRM concerns.
If you have picked up PC versions of Ubisoft games in the past, you’ll know that the company takes a particular dislike to the whole piracy issue on PC, often resulting in PC delays to their games so that they can bump up the security by putting an ‘always online’ barrier in place.
Although not confirmed by Ubisoft yet, history seems to be repeating itself with Assassin’s Creed 3. Eurogamer has provided an image which seemingly confirms that the game will be releasing on November 23rd instead on PC, not the October 31st date which console and other platforms are getting the game.
Does this really come as a big surprise to PC gamers though? Don’t forget that Ubisoft are only now just putting out a PC port of Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, after the game has been available on console since May. Ubisoft originally cancelled the game due to piracy fears and put out Ghost Recon Online instead, but they since had a change of heart and Future Soldier on PC should be out this week.
It goes without saying that there is a huge amount of interest in Assassin’s Creed 3. Ubisoft knows too well that a lot of gamers are going to pirate the game from torrent sites if it becomes available, so is this a logical move by the company? A one month wait isn’t too long after all – just picture it as a timed-exclusive release just like the upcoming Dawnguard expansion for Skyrim, which is Xbox 360-only for a month.
Maybe Ubisoft are planning to sweeten the deal for PC gamers with some bundled DLC to make up for the delay. If you were planning to get the game on PC, let us know your thoughts on this. What are your opinions on Ubisoft’s strong stance on DRM?