Rumor Patrol


I’ve seen a few rumors running the rounds that I’d like to debunk:

  • 360 version of Assassin’s Creed has better AI than the PS3 version

Nonsense. If this were actually true, I would suspect someone, somewhere would be able to cite an actual Ubisoft rep saying something like this. But they don’t. I can’t find anyone from Ubisoft saying anything remotely close to this. I watched the whole Assassin’s Creed video clip from X06 and didn’t hear anything like this either.

  • Sega confirms no online play for PS3 Virtua Tennis

The actual quote they cite from a Sega rep is, “Virtua Tennis 3 PS3 does not have an online mode confirmed at this time,”. There’s a big difference between saying that online isn’t confirmed at this time vs. confirming that there will definitely not be an online. Basically, it’s up in the air, and they aren’t saying (and possibly they just aren’t sure themselves) whether online will be present or not.

  • GTA4 will only offer their downloadable episodes on the 360

Rockstar never said this. There will be GTA4 downloadable episodes exclusively for the 360. This doesn’t mean that there won’t be other downloadable episodes or other exclusive content for the PS3 or the PC. Rockstar creative VP Dan Houser has been a strong proponent of next gen consoles supporting more storage than regular DVD, so this is a real possibility.

These are just some rumors that caught my attention in the past two days. Normally, I try to ignore this stuff, but sometimes you have to ask? Why are there so many of these completely unfounded rumors blasting Sony, Blu-Ray, and PS3? Whey don’t we see similar rumors blasting other platforms? Why is the media so one-sided on this issue?

The PS3 seems to be exactly what I want, the games seem to be lining up perfectly, and PS3 demo kiosks are rumored to hit Best Buy stores on October 20. I’m really excited about all of this. But sometimes the raw intensity and frequency of these rumors, even if they are wildly unfounded, can really dampen the PS3 excitement.

Sega confirms no online play for PS3 Virtua Tennis
Assassin’s Creed: Better AI on the 360
2004 Interview with Rockstar’s Dan Houser


Written by: Darrin - Contributing Editor


  1. #1 by Phaethon0017 on September 29th, 2006

    http://pc.ign.com/articles/736/736396p1.html

    “While the PlayStation 3 and 360 versions of Assassin’s Creed are virtually identical, Raymond did say that on the 360 the team is putting a special emphasis on achievements. The hardware also allows for improved threading, which will improve even further the crowd AI.”

    Jade Raymond said it.
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    Considering the game probably won’t be out to April or May I agree, it’ll probably have these features built in by then.
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    GTA IV will have exclusive Xbox 360 exclusive Episodes that expand the game with hours of content. Maybe the PS3 will have some of their own, but I think they should announce some if they are. I don’t particularly understand Sony’s strategy in the US. They don’t seem to be catering to their fans with information about the games they’re interested in. Maybe this October conference (if it happens) will remedy this.

  2. #2 by Gary on September 30th, 2006

    The above Assassin’s Creed quote proves nothing. Yes the 360 will have more focus on Achievements but the hardware comment is a lot less clear. If it said the 360′s hardware allows for greater AI then fair enough but it doesnt say that. The comment is more than likely referring to next gen hardware overall allowing for greater AI.
    I’m also writing this from my mobile phone (cell phone). 8)

  3. #3 by Darrin on September 30th, 2006 [ 17143 Points ]

    Phaethon, that isn’t a quote from Jade Raymond at all; that’s an IGN writer named Jonathan Miller.

    I agree with Gary on the comment itself. The IGN writer said the AI will be improved with the 360 hardware, but he may just have meant improved compared to previous games. All Beyond this unclear statement from IGN, there is no other quote or evidence that indicates that the 360 version will have better AI than the PS3 version.

    I do agree that Sony is providing less preview information and preview announcements than Microsoft. They are keeping more secrets and a lot of people hate that.

  4. #4 by ehandlr on September 30th, 2006

    “While the PlayStation 3 and 360 versions of Assassin’s Creed are virtually identical, Raymond did say that on the 360 the team is putting a special emphasis on achievements. The hardware also allows for improved threading, which will improve even further the crowd AI.”

    Wish I could find this link….I just copied and pasted it from another forum that I posted it in. Its not directly from the mouth of Ubi, but from a reporter saying that Jade said it..dunno

  5. #5 by Phaethon0017 on September 30th, 2006

    When reporters put words into the developers mouths it causes trouble that they don’t want. They wouldn’t say it unless it was accurate. I remember a fiasco about a Sony Rep being interviewed and he said the console would be delayed and everyone stated “Well he wasn’t quoted.” Turns out we all know how that worked don’t we?

    In the end I don’t consider more crowd AI a big deal at all. The versions will be pretty much identical, its just going to come down to how much you’re willing to spend to play the game.

  6. #6 by matt on September 30th, 2006

    Actually the crowd is supposed to play a huge roll in the game. They are going to react to you and either help or hurt you as you try to escape.

    I also have heard that the 360 hardware is better than Cell for A.I. Being that it was a while ago I would never remember the link.

    From what I understood of the GTA deal, the 360 will be the only console to get episodic content on it. MS is paying for this right. They wanted the whole franchise, but that wasn’t going to happen. They took the next best thing. The episodes are supposed to be as large as the Liberty City Stories thing.

  7. #7 by ehandlr on September 30th, 2006

    I read quite the opposite that the individual SPE’s are better at handling AI then the 360′s 3 core processor.

    I’m sure PS3 will answer back in some manner to GTA.

  8. #8 by Gary on September 30th, 2006 [ 1780 Points ]

    The PS3 version may use tilt control or BD in some way. Who knows.

    What I do know is that I’d rather hear some stuff about the actual game please!

  9. #9 by Richard on October 1st, 2006

    The Assassins Creed rumor comes from a line in an ign article that is very easily found so “I couldn’t find the source anywhere” isn’t true, email the writer and ask them about it.
    Why would they be comparing crowd ai on the 360 to previous gen platforms? There’s nothing to compare it to since the gmae won’t be coming out on ps2 or xbox. that leaves….ps3 and pc.

    and c’mon now, saying you’re “clearing up rumors” and then saying “well maybe rockstar is also planning some other, totally unannounced content for the ps3 version” isn’t even close to doing so. Have they announced anything extra at all for the ps3 version? Has anyone even mentioned anything like that, until here and now? Just because there’s exclusive downloadable episodes for the 360 doesn’t mean the ps3 version won’t come with..a pony. It’s just silly.

    The virtua tennis rumor is that, just a rumor. and if you yourself say it’s “up in the air”, that doesn’t concern you at all that a pretty standard feature is “up in the air”?

  10. #10 by Darrin on October 1st, 2006 [ 17143 Points ]

    Phaethon,

    Most reporters don’t want make bogus quotes, but those that do are the ones that we hear about. Some rumors turn out to be true. For example, rumors of Assassin’s Creed being released for the 360 turned out to be true. But it’s far more common for rumors to be completely off base.

    Richard,

    “Why would they be comparing crowd ai on the 360 to previous gen platforms?”

    When devs and producers talk about improved graphics and improved gameplay and improved AI they are often talking in general, as in “improved compared to other games” or “improved compared to what people are used to”.

    “Just because there’s exclusive downloadable episodes for the 360 doesn’t mean the ps3 version won’t come with..a pony. It’s just silly.”

    GTA4 for PS3 might not have any downloadable or exclusive content and I didn’t say that it would. But I did say that it is a real possibility. Other sites reported that GTA4 will definitely not have downloadable content, and while none has been officially announced, that’s really not a true statement. The writers claiming that don’t know that.

    “if you yourself say it’s “up in the air”, that doesn’t concern you at all that a pretty standard feature is “up in the air”?”

    Whether I’m concerned over the loss of features for myself as a gamer is another issue. Right now, I’m being critical of the reporting of other gaming sites.

    Many sites ran headlines such as “Sega confirms no online play for PS3 Virtua Tennis”. That is flat out false. That’s not at all what Sega said.

  11. #11 by Pc on October 1st, 2006

    Doesn’t really matter to me if the 360 gets some kind of exclusive content because GTA was truthfully born on Playstation !!! So that’s where i’ll be playing my GTA. As for Assassins Creed, the AI will not be better on the 360 when comparing to the PS3 !!! That’s just foolish talk right there. Come on now…3 cores VS 7 spe’s. To some developers it might be easier programming on the 360, only because they have no idea how to program for a playstation. I guarantee you though, the guys that are programming for Playstation that have been in the game for a whole minute, will end up making games for the PS3 which can deffinately not be played on any other system. Resistance for an example…The way it is being developed makes it impossible to be played on any other system just because of all the content (hd) and extra things they have implemented into the game making it over 20 gb’s of compressed data. I gues i’m done now … :)


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