Assassin's Creed III

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Assassin's Creed III
Assassin's Creed III cover
Ubisoft Montreal
Windows Ubisoft Ukraine
Release dates
Windows November 20, 2012
Assassin's Creed
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Assassin's Creed Revelations 2011
Assassin's Creed III 2012
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Assassin's Creed Liberation HD 2014
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Assassin's Creed Pirates 2014
Assassin's Creed Unity 2014
Assassin's Creed Rogue 2015
Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China 2015
Assassin's Creed Syndicate 2015
Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India TBA
Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia TBA

General information

Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums for Assassin's Creed series
Ubisoft Forums PC-specific
Ubisoft Forums Technical Help and Advice Forum
Neoseeker Forums
Performance analysis at BenchmarK3D.


All versions require Uplay.

Version differences[edit]

The Washington Edition contains all the DLC (including the Tyranny of King Washington), The Hidden Secrets Pack: 4 bonus single-player missions (The Ruins at Cerros, The Ghost War: Act 1, The Ghost War: Act 2, Sinking a Secret), Benedict Arnold DLC and the Battle Hardened Pack for multiplayer. Unfortunately the Washington Edition on the PC is only available as a pirated version of the game, patched to 1.06 with all the DLC.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Season Pass
The Battle Hardened Pack
The Hidden Secrets Pack
The Tyranny of King Washington Episode 1 The Infamy
The Tyranny of King Washington Episode 2 The Betrayal
The Tyranny of King Washington Episode 3 The Redemption

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Rename/delete videos
  1. Create a backup of warning_disclaimer.bik file.
  2. Go to Videos in the installation folder.
  3. Rename or delete the file ubi_logo.bik
  4. Go to the folder for your language (e.g. en for English).
  5. Rename or delete warning_disclaimer.bik file.


This may cause the game to crash after the pre-rendered end-game cinematic . If crashing is encountered, restoring these files manually or by verifying the game cache via Steam will fix the problem.


Patch 1.06 is the latest version; use the manual download link if the Uplay client does not install it automatically.

The patch is not cumulative, all patches must be downloaded and installed separately.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Assassin's Creed III\

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <Uplay-folder>\savegames\<user-id>\54

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Single player graphical settings.
Single player graphical settings.
Multiplayer graphical settings.
Multiplayer graphical settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
16:9; other aspect ratios are letterboxed.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Force in the graphics card control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
TXAA (Nvidia only), FXAA (Low and medium settings) and FXAA + MSAA (High setting).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Enabled by default. See Vertical sync (Vsync).
60 FPS
120+ FPS
No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[1]

Vertical sync (Vsync)[edit]

Disable vsync in single-player
  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Assassin's Creed III\Assassin3.ini
  2. Set VSync to 0.

Input settings[edit]

Single player input settings.
Single player input settings.
Multiplayer input settings.
Multiplayer input settings.

Audio settings[edit]

Single-player audio settings.
Single-player audio settings.
Multiplayer audio settings.
Multiplayer audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio CC Notes
Brazilian Portuguese
Traditional Chinese
Use Assassin's Creed 3 Türkçe Yama ve İncelemesi.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play

Connection types

VR support[edit]

Issues fixed[edit]

AC3SP.exe has stopped working[edit]

Delete save file

The save file may be corrupted. Deleting the save file (after backing it up) and disabling automatic cloud save sync in Uplay may fix the crashing.

Low FPS when running two cards in Crossfire. (Untested for SLI)[edit]

Set to single card mode

If you experience low FPS while running a crossfire setup, try disabling crossfire (running the game with only one card). This can be done under the "Performance" section of the AMD Catalyst Control Center, under the CrossfireX tab.

Crash with faulty module dlumd32.dll[edit]

d3dx9_27.dll error[edit]

Update DirectX[2]

Crash right after introduction video[edit]

Install missing Windows updates[citation needed]

Windows may be out-of-date. Install all Recommended updates via Windows Update.

Removing into videos may cause the game to crash.[citation needed] If encountered, restore the missing files or verify the game cache via Steam.

Display driver has stopped responding with GeForce 5xx GPUs[edit]

GPU tweak[3]
  1. Download MSI Afterburner (it doesn't matter that you don't have MSI card).
  2. Go to Settings tab and tick unlock voltage control and monitoring.
  3. Go back to afterburner and increase slightly voltage - e.g. from default 1050 mV to 1100 mV.


Alternatively, GPU core clock can be decreased by 50 Hz

Stuck in the Introduction to stockpile and trade[edit]

Verify the game cache[4]
  1. Using Steam, right click on the game in the Library tab and select Properties.
  2. Under Local Files click on Verify Integrity of Game Cache.
  3. Launch game but do not load your save file.
  4. Go to Options and reset keyboard and mouse controls to default.
  5. Load your save game using only the keyboard. Do not move mouse cursor at all.

Controller not working[edit]

Disable any non-360 controller[5]
  1. Open device manager
  2. Disable any other HID-compliant game controller

Launching the game crashes the computer, forcing an hard reboot[edit]

Add Comodo Firewall exception

The use of Comodo Firewall may cause computer crashes. To solve this:

  1. Open Comodo Firewall
  2. Go to "Advanced Settings"
  3. Select "Defense+" tab
  4. Select "HIPS"
  5. Select "HIPS Rules"
  6. Select the game executable, right click on it "Edit", allow everything.
This may also work for other Firewall/Antivirus applications.

Crash when installed in a Storage Space[edit]

The game will refuse to run when installed on a drive which is managed by a Storage Space on Windows 8 and later.

Installing the Game on a drive that is not a Storage Space will fix this issue.

Other recommendations[edit]

  • Install game on your C drive.
  • Run game as administrator.
  • Verify Integrity of Game Cache in Steam.
  • Make sure that your firewall is not blocking game executible files including Uplay software.
  • If you have an Nvidia GPU, turn off FSAA and vertical sync in the Nvidia Control Panel profile for the game.[6]

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista SP2, 7 SP1, 8*
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon II X4 620 3.00 GHz
Intel Core 2 Duo E8200 2.66 GHz
AMD Phenom II X4 940 3.00 GHz
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 2.66 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 20 GB
Video card (GPU) 512 MB GDDR5 of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
Shader model 4.0 support
1024 MB GDDR5 of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
Shader model 5.0 support


  1. New 120Hz Games Report
  2. 2.0 2.1 For those having PC problems either getting started, crashing, or CD key errors ALSO Homestead bug - Steam Community Discussions
  3. Solution for GTX580 crash - 'display driver stoped responding but has recovered' | Ubisoft Forums
  4. [AC3] Stuck in the Introduction to stockpile and trade | Ubisoft Forums
  5. XInput Wrapper for DS3 and USB Dual DS2 Controller - PCSX2 forums
  6. "AC3SP.exe stopped working" :: Steam Community Discussions

Only pirated versions of the game run on Windows 8 and its update, Windows 8.1, which is not officially supported. Windows 10 is not officially supported, but it natively supports Assassin's Creed III.