Fans of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey can soon enjoy a butter smooth 60fps experience. An update to the game will be releasing at 11pm Pacific Daylight Time tonight.
The new patch, version 1.6.0, will add support for improved frame rates when running the game on Xbox Series consoles, Ubisoft announced. Prior to this, running Assassin’s Creed Odyssey on Xbox Series retained the 30fps limit found on Xbox One and even Xbox One X.
At present, only a select few Assassin’s Creed games can run at 60fps on Xbox Series devices thanks to FPS Boost. That selection includes the Ezio Collection, III Remastered and Rogue Remastered as well as Unity, but not Black Flag, Syndicate or the original Assassin’s Creed.
When players login after the update, they’ll experience a 100% boost to frame rates when running Odyssey. The new patch will require a 370 MB download on Xbox One. This is the only change coming with the patch as the patch notes do not indicate any other new changes or content additions.
This Assassin’s Creed Odyssey 60fps update is certainly welcome and fits the emerging trend of previous generation classics receiving some form of enhancement for the current consoles, even when not billed as “Optimized for Series X|S.” Microsoft’s FPS Boost initiative has gone a long way towards making backwards compatibility an attractive part of the Xbox Series experience.
The future of Assassin’s Creed is not entirely clear to us right now. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla was the best launch of the franchise and post-launch content continues to be released for the game, with Ubisoft promising more content through 2022.
Ubisoft confirmed that a project called Assassin’s Creed Infinity is currently in development, which will be an service platform for future Assassin’s Creed experiences stitched together. However, there’s still no word as to whether Infinity arrives before another mainline Assassin’s Creed is released.
In a June editorial, I had some reservations about Infinity and Ubisoft’s ability to execute an online content platform: “Assassin’s Creed Infinity’s success requires a Ubisoft that’s prepared to deliver quick hotfixes, rapid balancing and frequent tuning of core systems and mechanics. It needs a dynamic and exciting meta. It will depend on a Ubisoft that can generate FOMO not just in the form of exciting time limited rewards, but via in-game narrative developments that will keep players coming back.”
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is available for purchase at the Microsoft Store for Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.