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Assassin's Creed Syndicate won't be launching on PC on the same day as Xbox One and PS4. Instead, Ubisoft revealed today, the Victorian Era game will be landing on PC weeks later.
The PC version of Syndicate will be launching on November 19th. The Xbox One and PS4 release date, announced several months back in the first trailer, is October 23rd.
Whenever a delay is announced, the publisher almost always says it's to give the development team extra "polish" team. The PC version of Syndicate is no exception. Here's Ubisoft Kiev production manager Sam Kovalev's explanation on UbiBlog:
The additional four weeks are for us to really bear down and finalize all of the polish and optimization, to make sure the game and all of its systems are stable when it launches, so it runs smoothly for all players starting on day one
Kovalev mentioned that they've made several improvements to their development process which allowed them to stabilize and polish the PC version earlier than usual - which is weird, because it's still late. I guess their production improvements prevented PC gamers from having to wait until 2016 for the game?
PC owners are used to Ubisoft delays at this point, particularly for Assassin's Creed. Here are the release dates for past games in the main Assassin's Creed series:
Ubisoft Kiev hasn't announced the system requirements for Syndicate on PC yet. However, they do promise that it won't have a locked framerate or resolution - a common problem plaguing PC versions of multiplatform games. The recommended specs will be geared toward 1080p resolution and 30 frames-per-second.