‘Assassin’s Creed Unity’ Patch 4 Hits PS4 And Xbox One, Players Already Seeing Improvement

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Dec. 16 2014, Updated 2:13 p.m. ET

The delayed fourth Assassin’s Creed Unity patch wasn’t delayed very long. Ubisoft released the latest fix Tuesday to the open-world action-adventure game on the PlayStation and Xbox One. PC gamers will still have to wait a little while longer. Does it bring the promised performance improvements? Initial reports indicate yes.

Patch 4 for Assassin’s Creed Unity weighs in at 6.7 GB. According to the release notes posted by Ubisoft, this is due to “replacing and updating portions of the Paris city map” where players were seeing issues with frame rate and performance.

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Xbox One owners are reporting that the patch is showing up as a 40 GB download, however. A Ubisoft representative posting on NeoGAF says that this is a display error though and the patch is indeed the prescribed size. However, other NeoGAF users are reporting that they’ve already passed the 6.7 GB mark.

At a high level, Patch 4 aims to correct frame rate drops, game crashes, and lost progression. It also updates some gameplay items such as navigation and lock picking, but also addresses connectivity issues and co-op matchmaking.

Those that have gotten their hands on the patch have confirmed that performance has improved. Texture pop-in is still an issue, but the frame rate has gotten better.

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On Reddit, gamegard1 said, “Just played for an hour with patch 4 installed, the frame rate seems to be more steady. Definitely an improvement.”

On NeoGAF, Ferr968 wrote, “Really fast impressions from 5 mins walking around Paris. It definitively feels smother now. Still there’s some drops in the big crowded areas, not as much as before. Still need to check the most problematic areas.”

“There are still frame drops in the entrace [sic] of Notre Dame with all of those NPCs, but way less than before,” he continued. “Overall it seems to improve the framerate in all cases but don’t expect steady framerate everywhere.”

The complete patch notes for Assassin’s Creed Unity Patch 4 can be found below.

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Stability, Performance and Save Game

  • Fixed numerous random crashes both on Campaign and Coop
  • Implemented multiple optimizations and fixes to improve overall performance
  • Fixed save issue caused by the companion app on the main menu (loss of data)
  • Fixed save issue caused by contacts list (crash occurring). Users should now have access to save

Gameplay (navigation, fight, stealth)

  • Fixed various navigation issues
  • Fixed issues with lock picking chests
  • Fixed additional haystack issues

Character, AI and Crowd

  • Fixed various character, crowd station and NPC issues

Online, Matchmaking, Connectivity and Replication

  • Fixed various matchmaking and connection issues both in matches and when starting a match.
  • Fixed various issues with voice chat
  • Fixed join-in-progress issues
  • Fixed various replication issues between host and clients
  • Fixed issues with player rank and COOP/heist rewards
  • Fixed issues with Helix credits
  • Fixed issues with the My Club feature

Menus and HUD

  • Fixed HUD icon issues and issues with map information
  • Fixed various Initiates issues
  • Fixed additional issues with notifications

Mission tweaks (campaign, coop and side content)

  • Fixed various low occurrence walkthrough breaks in both Campaign and COOP
  • Fixed various NPC issues
  • Fixed issue with the quest log disappearing for specific side missions

World and 3D

  • Fixed various collision and mesh issues
  • Fixed additional issues where player would fall through the world
  • Fixed specific areas where textures were missing

PC-Specific

  • Fixed crash on “Quit to Windows” in free roam mode
  • Fixed crash on accepting multiple “Join the club” requests
  • Fixed issues with TXAA
  • Fixed issues with PCSS
  • Fixed issues with textures on NPCs
  • Fixed black texture issues on MSAA-4x, MSAA-8x and TXAA
  • Right Control now can be assigned as a hotkey
  • Minor UI fixes
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