Assassin’s Creed Unity controls will take some getting used to

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Certain games create muscle memories – there are combinations of buttons that are held or tapped in order for a certain effect and doing so becomes completely habitual. It is this very muscle memory that has Assassin’s Creed creators worried that there may be some transitional difficulties for long-term fans of the franchise.

Speaking to Video Gamer, senior producer Vincent Pontbriand admitted that he was concerned:

Yes, to be honest, it is [a concern] for me a little bit. It takes a few days, well, maybe I’m exaggerating, it takes a few hours to re-train yourself to force yourself to forget what we call the ‘Assassin’s Claw’, holding RT and A and pushing forward.

But it becomes second nature. Obviously I’ve been working on this for a long time and playing the game every day for months now. So now it’s become second nature to use A to go up, B to go down. Beyond that, it’s not that different. It’s just animations have changed, our timings have changed, the distances and metrics have changed a little bit, and then these controls bring something that feels different.

I don’t think it’s going to turn off everyone. We see it in play tests where we have both AC players and non-AC players, AC players are struggling a little bit more to re-learn the controls because of muscle memory.

Sure, it might cause some confusion, but I recently had the same thing with Shadow of Mordor – I was so used to Assassin’s Creed’s parkour controls that I had some difficulty at first. However, it does soon become second nature and I’m sure longtime fans of the franchise will appreciate the ability to move up and down enough to learn some new muscle memories.

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I definitely agree with the ‘Assassin’s Claw’ idea, though. Other games have similar muscle memories, though, don’t they? Is there a COD grip or a preferred Battlefield position, too? Most of my muscle memories are combos for fighting games, though – my thumbs probably still make those movements in my sleep.

Last Updated: October 8, 2014

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  • Jonah Cash

    Change the controls as much as you want…. I’ll pick this up next year when it goes on sale!! I am over the Ass Creed games a bit, need a break this year!!

    • The game essentially got boring once they killed Desmond off for me, Black Flag was good but yeah wasn’t keen on Unity (Rogue looks quite okay to me) next year for me as well…Shadow of Mordor has been my Assassin’s Creed fix for the year.

      • Jonah Cash

        I also liked the idea of the Desmond side of things!! I never understood why it made so many people angry!! And then they go and kill him off in the worst way ever…. idiots!!!

  • Well at least there’s something new about the game?

  • Does that mean they’re gonna put us through another 5 hour tutorial?

  • Admiral Chief 0

    Its Ubisoft, the controls will be crap

  • Xcalibersa

    Dont tell me what to do 🙂

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