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Ubisoft continues to do impressive things with its post-launch support for Assassin’s Creed Origins, this month adding in the Animus Control Panel for PC players. It’s a first for the series, providing a utility within which players can tweak dozens of game parameters in order to create a unique experience. In an open-world game which is particularly light on sandbox elements, this is Ubisoft throwing us the bucket and spade.
Assassin’s Creed Origins’ PC performance has been a cactus spine in the heel of many a PC gamer in the months since its launch. A gorgeous, expansive game, it certainly takes its toll on all but the most powerful of PC gaming hardware. AC: Origins is extremely CPU dependent and as such can stutter during gameplay with weaker processors.
There is currently great concern about the impact DRM has on gaming performance. Denuvo, in particular, is often seen as having a detrimental effect on frame rates, among other issues such as blocking mod support and online activation. One of the more controversial games is Assassin's Creed Origins, which uses a combination of Denuvo and VM Protect DRM. AC: Origins is a very demanding game on PC, leading PC gamers to ask whether DRM causes a performance hit in gaming.
Not long since Denuvo 4.8 was cracked, Assassin’s Creed Origins has had its combination of Denuvo and VMProtect DRM sunk by crackers. This was the final piece in the puzzle of cracking Ubisoft’s game, a game which has no less than three forms of copy protection - Uplay, Denuvo, and VMProtect.
If by some mystical means, Assassin’s Creed Origins wasn’t quite large enough for you, it’s about to get even bigger. Assassin’s Creed Origins: The Hidden Ones DLC expansion launches tomorrow, and Ubisoft’s dropped a brand spanking new launch trailer.
Ubisoft has outlined major update plans for Assassin’s Creed Origins, paving the way for the first major expansion pack to arrive later this month. January is all The Hidden Ones, a large-scale DLC in which Bayek and his band of Assassins will head to an all-new region in AC: Origins to get stuck into a tangle between the Romans and a rebel faction.
The first round is done and dusted. Six games are now in the rearview mirror, while six gaming giants remain. It's Assassin's Creed Origins v Horizon: Zero Dawn in the first 12 Games of Christmas Semi-Final.
Picking which gaming gift could end up under the tree is an unenviable task. Particularly in 2017 when we've been hit by a tidal wave of great games. Pick we must though, as it's our first round of the 12 Games of Christmas 2017. It's Assassin's Creed Origins v Nier Automata, which would you rather receive as a gift for Christmas? Both games offer dozens of hours of open-world entertainment and could be the perfect way to lose a few afternoons gaming during the holiday period.
For all the venom stirring around Assassin’s Creed Origins’ use of two forms of copy protection, DSO Gaming has raised a very good point - it’s worked.
Ubisoft has been busy furiously patching Assassin’s Creed Origins once more. As we said in our review, it’s an awesome game but its vast ambition is matched by the number of bugs and performance issues that can be encountered. None of it is game-breaking, but it sure can be distracting.
Ubisoft has dropped a new 1.03 patch for Assassin’s Creed Origins on PC, tackling a number of key issues such as system stability and performance. With any luck, this could be the ticket to improved performance on some configurations, with some users on Reddit already claiming they’re experiencing some solid performance gains in some of the more demanding areas like Alexandria.