Only a few days ago, promotional material claiming to be Ubisoft’s catalogue of in development games appeared online. Of those titles, a console port of last year’s Vita-only Assassin’s Creed: Liberation appeared as a logo, therefore hinting towards the possibility of Aveline’s adventure making the eagle jump to other platforms. And today, the company confirmed the leak, stating that Assassin’s Creed: Liberation HD will launch as a download-only title for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 in 2014.
In its transition to high definition, Ubisoft Sofia – the studio that also worked on the 2012 PlayStation Vita exclusive – spoke of its desire to fine tune the gameplay mechanics ahead of its console debut. Momchil Valentinov Gindyanov, acting as the game’s producer, spoke of the process during the company’s Q&A, and stated that Assassin’s Creed: Liberation HD will feature “a complete graphical overhaul, re- mastered music and sound effects, a revamped gameplay experience, and new missions that dive deeper into Aveline’s story.”
Those adjustments come in the form of a brand new tutorial system, polished facial animations and character models, plus, additions to the game’s combat system – the latter of which will give Aveline the ability to dual wield weapons. Not only that, the studio has weaved fifteen additional missions into the main campaign while removing any unnecessary touch controls that were native to the original Vita version.
Gindyanov also touched upon the revamped AI, which will greatly impact the crowd behaviour – a staple of the AC franchise. “Liberation features all the crowd behaviour you’ve come to expect from an Assassin’s Creed game, tailored to our own specific locations, so you can expect to see all sorts of activities unique to New Orleans, including Mardi Gras!”
Given that the game has been confirmed as a digital-only release, Ubisoft Sofia may opt to release the game within the $40 ballpark. With that said, the studio didn’t confirm specific price plans nor a concrete release date at this time.
What do you make of Aveline’s jump to HD? Indeed would you be interested in picking up the revamped Assassin’s Creed: Liberation HD when it launches sometime in 2014? Check out the graphical overhaul below and be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments, too.