"'Next-gen bush?' I want to see a next-gen bush," I've said every morning since hearing about Assassin's Creed IV's shiny next-gen versions. At long last, a new trailer gives a close-up look at all the fancy tech and effects in the open-world murder simulator's posh versions, for people who like gawping at render passes.
The list of pretty includes dynamic foliage, rolling seas and extra-pretty shallow waters, a weather system with oodles of rain particles and shiny dynamic rippling wetness, and global illumination. All versions have similar effects of course, and some like the dynamic navmesh for boarding ships are downright crucial, but they're all next-gen on next-gen systems, see.
AC4 comes to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii U on October 29, then Xbox One and PS4.