Ubisoft recommends gamepad for Assassin's Creed 3 PC

Assassin's Creed 3 creative director Alex Hutchinson says that the company isn't going out of its way to optimize mouse and keyboard controls for the game.


Assassin's Creed 3 has earned some goodwill, even after the sour taste left by the series' annual semi-sequels. PC players might be sad, though, to learn that Ubisoft isn't optimizing the experience for mouse and keyboard controls.

"We're definitely supporting PC, we love PC, but I think it'll be PC with a controller," creative director Alex Hutchinson told GameSpy. "I don't see us investing hugely in a mouse and keyboard setup. I think if you want to play on PC and you want to play Assassin's Creed, you have a controller."

The sentiment doesn't sound too different from the effort put into PC versions of previous Assassin's Creed games. They've let you play with M/KB, but weren't quite designed for it. AC3 looks to be a similar experience, so don't hold out hope that this will be the game that nails the PC control set-up.

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    March 28, 2012 12:30 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Ubisoft recommends gamepad for Assassin's Creed 3 PC.

    Assassin's Creed 3 creative director Alex Hutchinson says that the company isn't going out of its way to optimize mouse and keyboard controls for the game.

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      March 28, 2012 12:40 PM

      Fine by me, really all of the series I have played with a pad or forced the use of a game pad so its no big deal to me. I would think most PC gamer's have a 360 pad by now its no big deal.

      Sure for those anti game pad guys it be nice if they had both supported, its really not a big deal to add M&K plain vanilla all well.

      On the flip side there are a lot of games that do not support the game pad(ME3) and heck even BF3 had some key buttons for the game pad broken still to this date(last time I check) and you have to use third party software to make it work.

      So you really never know what your gonna get, both should be supported by everyone, but this not the case all around all well, there is always ways around it.

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        March 28, 2012 12:46 PM

        I dont have a wireless 360 pad because I have a 360 and play console games on it. when I play pc games (90% of the time) I want to use keyboard/mouse. it's their attitude about it that sucks

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        March 28, 2012 12:53 PM

        If I wanted to play with a controller I would buy it for my PS3. I prefer KB/M for pretty much any game I play with the exception of racing and some fighting games, this is a stupid move for people like me (there are plenty of us) who play PC games for the the KB/M as a controller. Although this news coming from Ubisoft doesn't surprise me because their PC department has been nothing but shit as of late. I haven't bought a single game since they implemented their dumb ass DRM, regardless of it being more lenient now they just left a bad taste with me and I don't care if they leave PC forever at this point. I would hate for other devs to follow in their shitty decisions.

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      March 28, 2012 12:55 PM

      All the AC games I've played on the PC had great mouse/keyboard controls, so why does this guy sound like an idiot while talking about something not worth mentioning? I don't get it and I don't get why you would need to "invest hugely" in something that probably doesn't even register as a blip on the finance radar.

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        March 28, 2012 2:48 PM

        Yeah I don't get this either. I've always thought that AC has some of the best KB/mouse controls (though you do need a mouse with thumb buttons). The controls felt incredibly natural and fluent.
        Also, I've never understood people who say that 3rd person games are better with a controller. This mentality makes no sense to me. In what way does pulling the camera to behind the player make it easier to play with a controller?? Makes no sense to me.

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      March 28, 2012 1:15 PM

      Different game type, but remember how well thus worked for Rage? Three years of Tim Willits hitting developers on the hand with a steel ruler when they were trying to playtest with a mouse.

      User interface matters. Think of the craziness that would result if Ford decided that its new cars should use the Model T controls (look it up). In fact, Ford is getting a lot of flak right now for their MyTouch (or whatever it's called) radio interface, so much so that the F-Series Super Duty has physical knobs and buttons, to avoid offending truck drivers who have to wear work gloves or mittens.

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      March 28, 2012 1:19 PM

      What else can be said about Ubisoft and PC at this point? Every time "Ubisoft" and "PC" are in the same sentence the first thing that comes to mind is " What can they possibly fuck up next?"

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      March 28, 2012 1:48 PM

      Response to this 'news' has been a bit extreme, the game will simply have the same support and controls that the previous games did.

      I can't imagine playing AC without dual analogue control, it is really not a game to be played with keyboard and mouse. Many games on PC are best played with controller and this series is definitely one, i recommend Sixaxis with MotionJoy drivers.

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        March 28, 2012 2:01 PM

        The Assassins Creed games work extremely well with a Mouse and Keyboard, provided you're already comfortable with a mouse and keyboard.

        I don't think there is any game designed for a gamepad that cannot be enjoyed to its full potential on a M+KB. I don't think a game exists that is objectively better played on a gamepad than on a M+KB.

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          March 28, 2012 3:08 PM

          Any fighting game or driving game or flying game

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            March 28, 2012 3:55 PM

            but you could argue that driving and flight games have their own controllers theyre better with....

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              March 28, 2012 9:34 PM

              That doesn't matter. It isn't "what is the best way to play the game" but that those games play better with a dual stick controller. I can't imagine a driving game being better with keyboard and mouse.

              Regarding AC3, having the analog walking speed on a stick is nice. I only have played the first one but not having that would suck.

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                March 28, 2012 10:03 PM

                as I posted before, previous games had 4 movement speeds available with the combo of high/low and leg buttons. I never felt like I needed any finer grained control than that

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          March 28, 2012 6:24 PM

          Prince of Persia Sands of Time Trilogy.

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          March 28, 2012 10:03 PM

          Plenty of games exist that are objectively better suited to gamepad and AC is one.

          The game does not benefit from the precise camera control a mouse offers on your right hand, unlike something like Mass Effect where you're constantly shooting. It is however extremely restricted on the left hand using WASD - four keys limiting you to four directions, versus 360 degrees of movement on an analogue stick.

          This comes into play constantly in AC, whether it's running across the city needing fine adjustments to your movement to make use of the hundreds of little architecural features to navigate buildings, or mid combat switching between multiple targets surrounding you.

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            March 29, 2012 6:07 AM

            Careful around here dude, there are a lot of PC KBM sperglords who I think have motor contorl skill problems that can't figure out how to use dual stick analogues.

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      March 28, 2012 1:57 PM

      I'm going to assume the m+kb controls are going to be the exact same as the previous iterations... in which case there is not a problem. I think I recall the controls for the first one being a bit dodgy, but don't remember any issues with the others... I know I played through Brotherhood and am currently working on Revelations with no problems at all.

      Now if they are for some bizarre reason actually going backwards and making the m+kb controls shitty somehow, well... then that'd be a problem.

      I don't think that's likely (though I guess it wouldn't surprise me... Ubisoft :P), so I'm just figuring this is a case of a guy making stupid comments and then everyone blowing them a little out of proportion.

      The guy really shoulda said nothing at all about it... I don't really understand what he thought was gonna happen with that comment.

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        March 28, 2012 2:04 PM

        The real issue here isn't really about control schemes - it's about Ubi no longer giving any kind of a fuck about wooing the PC crowd. You'd expect them to at least TRY something, with the PR disasters of UPlay and what not.

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          March 28, 2012 2:35 PM

          Valid I suppose, but really... all the wooing I need is a good release. :P

          Putting aside Ubi's DRM issues (and yes, I admit that is pretty hard to put aside), just from the actual game standpoint... they have been pretty good with their ports, from my experience.

          It is a bit of a shame... if they didn't have the DRM, they would still be a pretty respectable PC publisher (IMO, and such). As far as I'm aware, it's really the only thing they're doing overtly wrong in this arena.

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      March 28, 2012 2:17 PM

      I don't understand why they're bothering to port it with that attitude.

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      March 28, 2012 2:50 PM

      This makes me worried that that there's a new control scheme so they can't just grab the control scheme from previous iterations more or less intact.

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      March 28, 2012 2:53 PM

      3rd person platform is always better on a pad, and that comes from a hardcore pc lover. No problem with this.

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      March 28, 2012 3:15 PM

      The day they stop supporting kb+m is the day I stop buying their games.

      No, it's not in protest. It is because of my disability which prevent me from using game pads. I know I'm in a small minority, but if Ubisoft really can't accommodate ALL gamers by giving some effort to code in kb+m support then they will no longer get my money.

      I hope Ubi comes to their senses.

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        March 28, 2012 3:21 PM

        Serious question: How can I contact this Alex Hutchinson? I really would like to discuss this, and express my concerns directly to him.

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      March 28, 2012 3:35 PM

      I have no problem with that. There are certain games I like on mouse and keyboard and certain games I like on a gamepad. This is one game that would probably be the latter.

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      March 28, 2012 3:40 PM

      AC has always fallen under the "gamepad-use" category for me, now if only it isn't delayed half a year this time.

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      March 28, 2012 9:54 PM

      i plan on corporate email carpet bombs if they leave in mouse accel like they did the previous games

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      March 29, 2012 6:06 AM

      This only reaffirms Ubisoft not "investing/giving a shit" about the PC market. So sad for the company and the crap PR they have.

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        March 29, 2012 6:09 AM

        Why? There are simply some games that control better with joystick, mouse/keys, joypad, whatever. Their DRM might suck but complaining that they don't give a shit about PC because it plays better with joypad is ridiculous, did you say the same about Super Meat Boy?

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      March 30, 2012 11:57 AM

      Don't have a problem with it, as long as it is still an option. I've played them all with mouse and keyboard.