Assassin's Creed III

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Assassin's Creed III
Assassin's Creed III cover
Developers
Ubisoft Montreal
Windows Ubisoft Ukraine
Publishers
Ubisoft
Engines
AnvilNext
Release dates
Windows November 20, 2012
Assassin's Creed III guide at StrategyWiki
Assassin's Creed III at Wikipedia
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Key points

Many users report poor performance in the Boston area regardless of video settings, particularly for AMD GPUs.[1][2]

General information

Steam Community Discussions
Ubisoft Assassin's Creed General Discussion
Official game series website
Assassin's Creed Wiki
Ubisoft Community Technical Support

Availability[edit]

All versions require Uplay DRM.

Version differences[edit]

The Deluxe Edition is a complete edition containing the base game and all DLC.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Season Pass
Windows
The Battle Hardened Pack
Windows
Benedict Arnold DLC Deluxe Edition exclusive.
Windows
The Hidden Secrets Pack
Windows
The Tyranny of King Washington Episode 1 The Infamy
Windows
The Tyranny of King Washington Episode 2 The Betrayal
Windows
The Tyranny of King Washington Episode 3 The Redemption
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Game Launch Intro[citation needed]
New Game Intro[citation needed]

Patches[edit]

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\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/208480/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <Uplay-folder>\savegames\<user-id>\54\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/208480/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Origin
Steam Cloud
Uplay

Video settings[edit]

Single player graphical settings.
Single player graphical settings.
Multiplayer graphical settings.
Multiplayer graphical settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Aspect ratios other than 16:9 are letterboxed. See the WSGF entry.
Multi-monitor
See the WSGF entry.
Ultra-widescreen
Pillarboxed to 16:9. See the WSGF entry.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use jim2point0's cheat table (requires Cheat Engine).[3]
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA (Normal and High settings) and FXAA + 4x MSAA (Very High setting), TXAA (Nvidia only).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Enabled by default. See Vertical sync (Vsync).
60 FPS
120+ FPS
No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[4] Running the game above ~80fps causes certain game physics to break. Using a forced framerate cap is recommended.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

The in-game resolution option may be missing. Resolutions can be set manually.
Set in Assassin3.ini[5]
  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Assassin's Creed III\
  2. Open Assassin3.ini.
  3. Set DisplayWidth= and DisplayHeight= to the desired resolution.

Vertical sync (Vsync)[edit]

Disable vsync in single-player[citation needed]
  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Assassin's Creed III\
  2. Open Assassin3.ini.
  3. 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
Up to 5.1 output.[6]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Czech
Danish
Dutch
Finnish
French
German
Hungarian
Italian
Norwegian
Polish
Portuguese
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Swedish
Traditional Chinese
Turkish
Fan translation.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play

Connection types

VR support[edit]

Issues fixed[edit]

You can find various fixes in this Ubisoft Support FAQ

AC3SP.exe has stopped working[edit]

Delete save file[citation needed]

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[citation needed]

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.

Low FPS when camera pointed to rich environments in Boston (Nvidia 9/10-series)[edit]

Disable MFAA
  1. Open Nvidia Control Panel
  2. Under 3D Settings -> Manage 3D Settings click on the Program Settings-tab.
  3. Select the Assassin's Creed III executable file ac3sp.exe or add it manually.
  4. In the table below scroll to Multi-Frame Sampled AA (MFAA) and set to Off, even if the global setting is already off.
  5. Click Apply and restart your game.

Notes

Even though the Very High anti-aliasing setting is the only one that uses MSAA, this works regardless of your ingame settings.

Crash with faulty module dlumd32.dll[edit]

Invisible Horse Carriages[edit]

Mobile Horse Carriages are invisible and the player cannot interact with them and can walk right through them.

Set the FPS to 60 through the Nvidia Control Panel

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.

Notes

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

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

GPU tweak[8]
  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.

Notes

Alternatively, GPU core clock can be decreased by 50 Hz

Stuck in the Introduction to stockpile and trade[edit]

Verify the game cache[9]
  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[10]
  1. Open device manager
  2. Disable any other HID-compliant game controller

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

Add Comodo Firewall exception[citation needed]

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.

Notes

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[citation needed]

Kicked from server by PunkBuster[edit]

Attempting to play multiplayer may result in a "kicked from server by PunkBuster" error.

Install pbsvc[11]

Flickering/stuttering[edit]

Run as administrator[citation needed]

Running the game as administrator will fix this issue. If the game was installed via Uplay, you may need to navigate to the game's installation directory and run the .exe as administrator

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 executable files including Uplay software.
  • If you have an Nvidia GPU, turn off FXAA and vertical sync in the Nvidia Control Panel profile for the game.[12]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 10, 11
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video
Anti-cheat PunkBuster

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista SP2 7 SP1, 8
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon II X4 620 2.6 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) 17 GB
Video card (GPU) 512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 10 compatible
Shader model 4.0 support
1024 MB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
Shader model 5.0 support

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/208480/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (208480) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References