The Assassin's Creed Unity trailer was beautiful but how would it have looked if the game used Unreal Engine 4? A new trailer shows us the possibilities.
"After watching the teaser for the next-gen Assassin's Creed I wondered what the ballroom you see at the beginning would look like in UE4," said artist Christian Hecht on Vimeo. "So I did a little over the weekend project and here's the result, hope you enjoy."
While the first Unity trailer took us through the streets and across the rooftops of Paris, this Unreal Engine 4 video stays in the ballroom. The 50-second trip is worth the watch. It's filled with eye-candy such as the polished-but-realistic texture of the hardwood floors and the detailed light reflection from the windows. The arguable highlight is when the camera sweeps over the painting to demonstrate the level of detail possible with the engine. If you want a closer look, check out the screen captures below.
For basis of comparison, here's the original Assassin's Creed Unity trailer:
We've seen a lot of demo trailers for Unreal Engine 4 over the past couple years. I'm getting a bit numbed to them at this point in spite of how impressive they are. It'll be nice to see (and play) actual games using the technology. The first wave of UE4-powered games include survival horror game Daylight and the co-op RPG Fable Legends.
Ubisoft didn't announced what engine is behind Assassin's Creed Unity. However, it's presumably the AnvilNext technology that they used for Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag. The company said when they revealed the trailer that all of the footage was in-engine.
Unity is set in 18th century Paris during the French Revolution. The game's in development for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. It's the first console-based installment in the series to skip the PS3 and Xbox 360. Ubisoft will release the game this holiday season.