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==Input settings==
 
==Input settings==

Latest revision as of 22:33, 14 February 2020

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 on StrategyWiki
Assassin's Creed II on MobyGames
Assassin's Creed II on Wikipedia
Assassin's Creed
Assassin's Creed 2008
Assassin's Creed II 2010
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood 2010
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 (series)
Assassin's Creed Syndicate 2015
Assassin's Creed Origins 2017
Discovery Tour by Assassin's Creed: Ancient Egypt 2018
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 2018
Assassin's Creed III Remastered 2019
Assassin's Creed III: Liberation Remastered 2019
Discovery Tour by Assassin's Creed: Ancient Greece 2019

Key points

No longer requires a constant internet connection. Playable offline.[1]
Game does not launch unless it is installed in the same drive as UPlay.
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 manual
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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Deluxe Edition only.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
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
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Included with Uplay+. Standard edition only.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
All Windows 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
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
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Videos\
  2. Delete or rename UBI_LOGO.bik.
  3. Further delete or rename any folder present here (e.g. en, it or whatever else installed languages might be).

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)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/33230/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <Uplay-folder>\savegames\<user-id>\4\
macOS (OS X)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/33230/pfx/[Note 1]
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
Origin
Steam Cloud
Uplay

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.
Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
16:9; other aspect ratios are letterboxed.[citation needed]
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
Cutscenes and some menus are pillarboxed.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
It is possible to force the Anisotropic Filter externally from the graphics card control, but this will cause great delay in the game menu, as well as a considerable loss in the performance of the game.
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]

Anisotropic Filter[edit]

You can force the anisotropic filter on the control panel of the graphics card at the cost of a noticeable loss of performance. The LOD quality improve substantially, but it is still very poor.

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 State 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
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

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.

Controller support doesn't work correctly[edit]

Assassin's Creed and Assassin's Creed II have problems with button mapping and recognition.
Use x360ce (Deprecated)[3]
A pre-made fix is available
Does not include support for vibration and is incompatible with current versions of x360ce.
A more up-to-date version is provided below.
  1. Download and extract the files to <path-to-game>.
Use x360ce (Legacy)[citation needed]
  1. Download the 32-bit (x86) version of x360ce and extract it to <path-to-game>.
  2. Run x360ce.exe and either configure your controller manually or allow the program to select a configuration.
  3. Select the active controller tab (Controller 1 by default) if necessary.
  4. Select the Advanced tab and enable Force Feedback Pass Through.
  5. Select the Force Feedback tab and enable Enable Force Feedback.
  6. Click Save to save your changes.
  7. Select the Game Settings tab followed by the Default Settings for Most Popular Games tab.
  8. Click Refresh.
  9. Close the application.
Use x360ce (Current)[4]
A pre-made fix is available including support for vibration.
  1. Download the 32-bit (x86) version of x360ce and extract it to <path-to-game>.
  2. Run x360ce.exe and either configure your controller manually or allow the program to select a configuration. Select Save to save your changes.
  3. Close x360ce.exe and open the newly generated x360ce.ini file in <path-to-game>.
  4. Between [Options] and [Mappings] add, or replace, the following:
    [InputHook]
    HookCOM=1
    HOOKDI=1
    HOOKPIDVID=1
    HookName=1
  5. Save and close the file.
  6. The controller should now function correctly, but additional steps are required to enable vibration.
  7. Open x360ce.exe and select the active controller (Controller 1 by default) if necessary.
  8. Select the Advanced tab and enable Force Feedback Pass Through.
  9. Select the Force Feedback tab and enable Enable Force Feedback.
  10. Click Save and close the application.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Separate sliders for SFX, Character Voices and Music.
Surround sound
5.0
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 Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Czech
Available only at local distributors.
Danish
Dutch
French
German
Hungarian
Fan translation.
Italian
Korean
Norwegian
Polish
Available only at local digital distributors.
Portuguese
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation.
Russian
Retail version, download.
Spanish
Swedish
Turkish
Fan translation.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
Use Helix Mod: Assassin's Creed 2 for better support.
TriDef 3D
iZ3D
vorpX
G3D, DirectVR
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Issues fixed[edit]

You can find various fixes in this Ubisoft Support FAQ
Ubisoft Community Technical Support

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[citation needed]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
OpenGL 2 OS X only.
Shader Model support 3
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio Wwise
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.9n

Mods[edit]

Assassin's Creed 2 Overhaul[edit]

Updates most of the textures and particle effects in-game with a mix of Assassin's Creed Brotherhood textures and custom textures.

HD Shadow Map Resolution Mod[edit]

Increases shadow resolution on most shadows.
Sometimes the mod won't work, simply close the program and relaunch it (no need to close Assassin's Creed II).
Unfortunately, some shadows are not covered by this mod (and even by the ingame settings), and so are always displayed with very low definition. You can notice some of them in the modern Assassin's hideout, in the warehouse.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ 2.4 GHz
Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1.5 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon X1950
ATI Radeon HD 2000/3000/4000/5000 series
Nvidia GeForce 7/8/9/100/200 series
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3.0 support
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9.0 compatible
Other
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.5
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 3.06 GHz
System memory (RAM) 3 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 9 GB
Video card (GPU) 256 MB of VRAM
Shader model 3.0 support
Does not support Lion X (OS 10.7). Should work on any versions 10.8 and above.

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>/33230/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (33230) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References