Despite previous denials, Ubisoft has now pushed the PC version of Assassin's Creed 3 back by nearly a month.
As recently as two days ago, Assassin's Creed 3 was slated to launch on all three major platforms - Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC - simultaneously, on October 30. Back in July, Ubisoft actually countered a rumor that the PC version would be held back, telling Polygon that the reports were incorrect and that it would be out on October 30. And yet in spite of all that, are any of us really surprised to find out that the PC edition won't actually hit the shelves until three weeks after the console release?
The correct answer, of course, is "no." This is Ubisoft we're talking about, and delaying PC releases for a month is what it does. So it is that the company today announced that while the 360 and PS3 versions of Assassin's Creed 3 will come out on schedule, the PC version won't launch until November 20 in North America and November 23 in the U.K.
No reasons for the delay were given, so with little more to say on the matter I'll instead direct your attention to GameSpy's interesting and illuminating March interview with Ubisoft, which went thusly:
GameSpy: So when's the PC release date?
Ubisoft PR: October 30th.
GameSpy: Yeah, but when's the real PC release date?
Ubisoft PR: It's October 30th.
GameSpy: Uh huh. And can you say that with a straight face?
Ubisoft PR: You can ask me as many times as you like, but the answer will be the same.
GameSpy: Very well, let's move on. So, when will you announce the delay of the PC version?
Ubisoft PR: ...