Assassin's Creed II

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Assassin's Creed II
Assassin's Creed II cover
Developers
Ubisoft Montreal
macOS (OS X) Ubisoft Ukraine
Publishers
Ubisoft
Engines
Anvil
Release dates
Windows March 9, 2010
macOS (OS X) October 1, 2010
Assassin's Creed II guide at StrategyWiki
Assassin's Creed II at Wikipedia
Assassin's Creed
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Assassin's Creed II 2010
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Assassin's Creed Revelations 2011
Assassin's Creed III 2012
Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag 2013
Assassin's Creed Liberation HD 2014
Assassin's Creed Freedom Cry 2014
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 2016
Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia 2016
Assassin's Creed Origins 2017

Key points

No longer requires a constant internet connection. Playable offline.[1]
Very poor mouse input due to aggressive acceleration. A controller is highly recommended, though Xbox controllers may require a fix. See Controller support.

General information

Official game series website
Official forums
Assassin's Creed Wiki
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Amazon.com
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Mac OS X
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Amazon.co.uk
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Mac OS X
Windows
macOS (OS X)
GamersGate
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Deluxe Edition only.
Mac OS X
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Gamesplanet
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Collector's Edition only.
Windows
GameStop
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Deluxe Edition only.
Windows
Humble Store
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Deluxe Edition only.
Windows
Mac App Store
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macOS (OS X)
Origin
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Deluxe Edition only.
Windows
Steam
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Deluxe Edition only.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Uplay (US/Canada)
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Deluxe Edition only.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Uplay (EMEA/other)
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
All Windows versions require Uplay DRM.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Battle of Forlì Included in the Deluxe Edition. No longer available for individual purchase.
Windows
Bonfire of the Vanities Included in the Deluxe Edition. No longer available for individual purchase.
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Version 1.01 patch can be downloaded here.
Among other fixes, it adds ATI Eyefinity support and provides some performance enhancements for multi-core processors.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Videos\
  2. Delete or rename UBI_LOGO.bik.
  3. Go into the folder for your language (e.g. en for English).
  4. Delete or rename warning_disclaimer.bik.

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.
In-game HUD settings.
In-game HUD settings.

Configuration file location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Ubisoft\Assassin's Creed 2\Assassin2.ini
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <Uplay-folder>\savegames\<user-id>\4\
macOS (OS X)
Save games before the new patch are in %LOCALAPPDATA%\Ubisoft Game Launcher\savegame_storage
The save folder was relocated in a November 23, 2012 patch.
If you change the XML config file to allow offline play, or if you select the Uplay launcher to stay offline in the options, then your progress and games will NOT be saved!
You CAN turn cloud-sync OFF in the options, but you must allow Uplay to go online to allow Assassin's Creed II to save games to this location on your local hard drive.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Uplay

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
16:9; other aspect ratios are letterboxed.[citation needed]
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Force in the graphics card control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 8x MSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Force triple buffering in graphics card control settings.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
The frame rate is capped at 62 FPS but allows 120hz refresh rate.[2]

Input settings[edit]

In-game control settings.
In-game control settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game button map settings.
In-game button map settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Aggressive mouse acceleration. Can't be disabled.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
X and Y inversion can be set independently for first-person, third-person, or both.
Controller
Controller support
A fix is needed for wireless Xbox 360 Controllers and Xbox One Controllers; see Controller support.
Full controller support
Controller support must be enabled in the options menu on first launch, which requires mouse.
Controller remapping
For non-XInput devices only.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
X and Y inversion can be set independently for first-person, third-person, or both.
Additional information
Button prompts Input settings icon - Generic Controller.svg
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback

Controller support[edit]

Xbox 360 Controllers and Xbox One Controllers are not detected correctly resulting in incorrect button mappings due to a driver bug. Windows 10 users can find a fix at the bottom of this section.
Use x360ce for Wireless Xbox 360 Controller support[citation needed]
  1. Download the latest version of x360ce and extract it into the Assassin's Creed II installation folder.
  2. Run x360ce.exe and confirm the creation of x360ce.ini and xinput1_3.dll.
  3. In "x360ce Presets" (located towards the bottom of the controller window), choose "Controller (Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver for Windows)."
  4. Check that all buttons are working correctly.
  5. On the "Option" tab, choose Hook mode: *Compatibility*.
  6. Press "Save" to save .ini file, then exit.
  7. Run the game and verify that the controller is working correctly.
If the above doesn't work[3]
  1. Download this and extract it into the Assassin's Creed II installation folder.
  2. It seems to be a correctly-configured setup for the above x360ce.exe that is not easily reached by most, and will override any in-game controller settings. Triggers, D-Pad and other buttons will function exactly as they do in the subsequent series installments.
If the above doesn't work[citation needed]
This option works for Windows 10 users.
  1. Fix from the Steam Community here:
  2. Press 'Download Link' and you'll be taken to a Google Drive folder. Select Windows 10 and download both the x360ce.ini and xinput1_3.dll. Place them both into the Assassin's Creed II installation folder.
Xbox One controllers[citation needed]
  1. Download 32-bit Xbox One controller driver or 64-bit Xbox One controller driver and install.
  2. Setup a x360ce profile and drop x360ce.ini and xinput1_3.dll into the installation folder.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Separate sliders for SFX, Character Voices and Music.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Some in-game dialogue is spoken in Italian. Translations are displayed in the subtitles (Confirmed for English version of the game).
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English
Czech
Available only at local distributors.
French
German
Italian
Polish
Available only at local digital distributors.
Russian
Spanish
Turkish
Use Assassin's Creed 2 - %100 Türkçe Yama (Windows, OS X).

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
Use Helix Mod: Assassin's Creed 2 for better support.
TriDef 3D
iZ3D

Issues fixed[edit]

Lights shine through walls and other objects[edit]

Nvidia Control Panel Fix[citation needed]
This issue is cause by the Nvidia Control Panel forcing graphical settings on.
  1. Enter Nvidia Control Panel.
  2. Select "Adjust image settings with preview".
  3. Select "Let the 3D application decide".

Game freeze when given hidden blade[edit]

Press "2" to select the weapon to continue the cut-scene[citation needed]
Default mapped keys do not work as they should.

Error "A Ubisoft service is unavailable at the moment"[edit]

Download and install the UPlay client[citation needed]

Program hangs and screen flashes repeatedly on launch[edit]

Set monitor resolution to 1280x720 on launch and change resolution in-game[4]

Run in window mode[edit]

Use dxwnd.exe to run in windowed mode[5]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
OpenGL 2.x
".x" can not be assigned to a declared number type with value 2.
OS X only.
Shader Model support 3
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio Wwise
Cutscenes Bink Video

Assassin's Creed 2 Overhaul mod[edit]

A mod that updates most of the textures and particle effects in-game with a mix of Assassin's Creed Brotherhood textures and custom textures. It can be found at Mod DB.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP Vista, 7, 8, 8.1
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ 2.4 GHz
Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 1.8 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ 3.1 GHz
Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 2.6 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1.5 GB (XP)
2 GB (Vista/7)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) 256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0 compatible
Shader model 3.0 support
ATI Radeon HD 4700
Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.5 10.6
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 3.06 GHz Intel Core i5 2.66 GHz
System memory (RAM) 3 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 9 GB
Video card (GPU) 256 MB of VRAM
Shader model 3.0 support
AMD Radeon HD 4850
Nvidia GeForce GT120
512 MB of VRAM
Does not support Lion X (OS 10.7). Should work on any versions 10.8 and above.

References

  1. Assassin's Creed II now allows offline play - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)
  2. New 120Hz Games Report
  3. 360 Controller won't map buttons correctly. [with fix] :: Assassin's Creed II General Discussions
  4. Tested by dredzach.
  5. Tested by dredzach.