Assassin’s Creed: Origins has been out for a good while, and we have been having an absolute blast with it. However, if you’re a PC user, especially with an AMD GPU, then the story might be significantly different. Here’s what a user posted on the Ubisoft Blog, along with hundreds of others discussing how Ubisoft’s stubborn use of Denuvo DRM, lack of support, and no refund policy has left them with a terrible experience.
So a little while ago Assassins Creed Origins came out. A lot of people who play AC games are obviously excited, myself included. Since Black Flag I haven’t been into AC as much as I used to be, but I was really looking forward to playing this new game. Especially since I love Egypt and really wanted to explore the open world.
The minimum requirements for the game are as follows:
Now these are the same requirements as let’s say Assassins Creed Syndicate. Now let’s get to the real issue here.
People with AMD Phenom CPU’s are unable to boot the game up, because DENUVO requires SSE 4.1 and SSE 4.2. Which are unsupported by the PHENOM CPU’s. And because of this, the game will just not launch for anyone on a CPU which does not support these instruction sets needed for DENUVO ( not needed for AC:O mind you ).
On the official forums of the game, plenty of people have created threads on this very subject but this is the biggest.
45 pages of people asking for support, asking if this will be patched, asking for ANYTHING from Ubisoft to let them know.. “Hey I paid for your product, either make it work or give me a refund”. Except Ubisoft doesn’t give refunds for products on the Uplay store. So far no word from Ubisoft despite this being the biggest thread on their forums.
You might say hey maybe it’s time to upgrade. But why would I when I can run the newest games above 30fps or around 50/60fps on High settings? Ghost Recon Wildlands, Watch Dogs 2, Wolfenstein II, Forza Horizon 3. Just name a game and it works on my pc. I have a Phenom x6 1090t black edition running at 3.6ghz. A 1060 3gb as well and I have no issues running any new games.
So instead of giving out a word to the actual paying consumers and customers, they are treating us like pirates and will share no word. Ofcourse they will not just remove DENUVO untill it gets cracked. But the fact that the SSE requirement is listed nowhere, not only gives a false indication of the product you need to run this game but also doesn’t gel with the AC:Syndicate requirements. Ofcourse that game doesn’t use DENUVO so therefore it runs like a dream on my pc.
I know I am not alone in this. Sadly when Destiny 2 had this exact same requirement, it was patched quickly so that Phenom CPU users could still enjoy that game. Ofcourse you also had coverage from major news sites so the word got out quick.
Sadly no such coverage for Assassins Creed Origins, and plenty of people sitting on Uplay with this game but cannot run it. Please get the word out, if you care for us Phenom users.
I can’t even begin to imagine how bad it must feel to have paid full price for a game and then not being able to run it because the DRM prevents you from doing so. I really hope Ubisoft takes notice of this issue and applies fixes soon.