Ubisoft outlines Xbox Series X|S features for its next-gen games

By Heidi Nicholas,
Ubisoft has a number of major titles launching soon, starting with Watch Dogs: Legion later this week, and has now detailed some of the next-gen features we can expect, outlining what both the Xbox Series X|S and PS5 have to offer. It doesn't look like there's much we don't already know, but it is handy to have it all laid out like this — that Holiday 2020 period has been so far away for such a long time that it's quite a surprise to see how many big games are launching in the last few months of 2020 and the early part of 2021, and these are just the ones Ubisoft has to offer.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Over on a recent news post, Ubisoft's Daniel O Connor outlines next-gen features and release dates for Ubisoft's upcoming roster. First up is Watch Dogs: Legion on October 29th, then Assassin's Creed Valhalla on the Xbox Series X|S launch day on November 10th, followed by Just Dance 2021 on November 12th, then Immortals Fenyx Rising on December 3rd as Ubisoft's last major 2020 offering. Ubisoft then kicks off 2021 with two major offerings for February: Far Cry 6 on February 18th and Riders Republic on February 25th.

Starting with Watch Dogs: Legion, O Connor outlines the "hardware accelerated raytracing" and the resulting boost to the game's realism, while "early collaboration between Microsoft and the game teams allows the game to unlock the power of Xbox DirectStorage," allowing for reduced loading times and "smoother world traversal." Watch Dogs: Legion will also feature a free next-gen upgrade via Xbox’s Smart Delivery service. O Connor adds that the PS5 version will also benefit from ray tracing, as well as its Tempest 3D Audio, adaptive triggers, reduced loading times, and a free next-gen upgrade.

Watch Dogs: Legion

Assassin's Creed Valhalla, meanwhile, will feature 4K at 60fps on the Xbox Series X as well as faster loading times "thanks to the collaboration between the game team and Microsoft to implement Xbox Velocity Architecture and DirectStorage API on Xbox Series X|S," and a free next-gen upgrade with Smart Delivery. PS5 players will also see 4K 60fps and faster loading speeds, as well as "the power of the Tempest 3D Audio Engine" and a free next-gen upgrade. Immortals Fenyx Rising also features 60 fps at 4K, faster load times, and HDR on the Xbox Series X and PS5, as well as Dolby Atmos and spatial audio technology on the Series X and a free next-gen Smart Delivery upgrade, while the PS5 has the Tempest 3D Audio engine and haptic feedback with the new DualSense controller, and a free next-gen upgrade.

Likewise, both Far Cry 6 and Riders Republic feature 60fps at 4K and a free next-gen upgrade on the Xbox Series X and PS5, while Riders Republic also offers HDR on compatible screens and faster loading times with DirectStorage on the Xbox Series X, as well as faster loading times and HDR support on the PS5. Just Dance 2021 offers a free Xbox Series X|S upgrade while "Just Dance 2021 for PlayStation 4 will be backwards compatible on PlayStation 5." The next-gen version of Rainbow Six Siege will offer 4K resolution at 120fps and a free next-gen upgrade, and, lastly, For Honor will run at 4K 60fps on the Xbox Series X and PS5, and at 1080p on the Xbox Series S.

Watch Dogs: Legion is out first, but the next few Ubisoft games are coming up fast: just now, Ubisoft confirmed that Immortals Fenyx Rising has gone gold, while Assassin's Creed Valhalla went gold several weeks ago. Plus, there's a lot of Assassin's Creed Valhalla post-launch content planned, including two major expansions and a bonus mission with the Season Pass, and regular free content for all players. Four pieces of free content will arrive in the game's first year alone, starting with the Yule Festival at Eivor's settlement.
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've been a staff writer for TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies since 2019. I love open-worlders, RPGs, and fantasy games, am obsessed with tea, and forever loyal to The Witcher 3 and Red Dead 2.