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Assassin's Creed

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Assassins Creed: Director's Cut
Assassins Creed: Director's Cut cover
Ubisoft Montreal
Release dates
Windows April 8, 2008
Metacritic 79
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Stealth
Themes Historical, Medieval, Middle East
Series Assassin's Creed
Assassin's Creed on HowLongToBeat
Assassin's Creed on IGDB
Assassin's Creed guide on StrategyWiki
Assassin's Creed on MobyGames
Assassin's Creed on Wikipedia
Assassin's Creed 2008
Assassin's Creed II 2010
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood 2011
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 (series)
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 2018
Assassin's Creed III Remastered 2019
Assassin's Creed III: Liberation Remastered 2019
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 2020
Assassin's Creed Mirage 2023

Assassin's Creed is a singleplayer third-person action and stealth game in the Assassin's Creed series.

Key points

The PC version is subtitled Director's Cut Edition and includes new types of investigation missions. These replace some of the console missions, so the total number of available missions on PC is the same.

General information

Official forums Community Discussions Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v4.85 DRM[Note 1].
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Epic Games Store
DRM details are not known
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Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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Ubisoft Store
DRM-free after installation through Ubisoft Connect client (notes may include more details)
Included with Ubisoft+.
Game does not require Uplay to run.[3]
Windows (unavailable)
Games for Windows Marketplace (unavailable)
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SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Essential improvements


The v1.02 Patch fixes various problems. Steam version is already patched.
This patch removes DirectX 10.1 support.[5]
The DRM-free version is patched to 1.02.

Skip intro videos

Delete/rename video files[6]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Videos\.
  2. Delete or rename DemoIntro.bik, UBI_LOGO.bik, Ubisoft_Presents.bik, and Warning_Disclaimer.bik.

Game data

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

Configuration file location

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Ubisoft\Assassin's Creed\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/15100/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Ubisoft\Assassin's Creed\Saved Games\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/15100/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing


In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
WSGF entry.
Replace AssassinsCreed_Dx9.exe and AssassinsCreed_Dx10.exe in the game folder from the WSGF archive.
Replace AssassinsCreed_Dx9.exe and AssassinsCreed_Dx10.exe in the game folder from the WSGF archive.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use the Racer_S FOV Hack.
Toggle with Alt+ Enter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use BorderlessGaming or similar software.[citation needed]
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Enabled with the in-game Graphic Quality set to 4
Can be enforced for others in Assassin.ini with a value of 1.[7]
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 4x MSAA. The game automatically disables it above certain resolutions.
Can be re-enabled in Assassin.ini (1 is 2xMSAA, while 2 is 4xMSAA).[8]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Double buffered. Minor physics glitches occur if disabled.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Ambient occlusion

Force HBAO+ (Nvidia only)[9][10]
  1. Download and run Nvidia Profile Inspector.
  2. Select the Assassin's Creed profile.
  3. Change Ambient Occlusion compatibility value to 0x00060019.
  4. Change Ambient Occlusion setting to High Quality.
  5. Change Ambient Occlusion usage to Enabled.
  6. Press "Apply Changes" in the top-right corner.


Only works with true 16:9 resolutions.


In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game camera settings.
In-game camera settings.
In-game button map settings.
In-game button map settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
No mouse acceleration.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Both Y and X can be independently inverted.
Controller support
Some controllers don't work correctly; use x360ce if that happens.
Full controller support
Keyboard or mouse input is required until a profile set to controller input is loaded. All menus are navigable with a controller from that point.
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Both Y and X can be independently inverted.
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
DualShock button prompts
Use this mod.
Light bar support
Connection modes unknown
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Voice volume, music volume, effects volume.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 4.0[11]
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail only.
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Official localization by «Akella». Retail and GOG version. Patch for digital release here.
Traditional Chinese

VR support

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
Use Helix Mod for better 3D support.
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Issues fixed

TweakGuides has created a comprehensive guide for fixing issues in this game.
You can find various fixes in this Ubisoft Support FAQ
Ubisoft Community Technical Support

Opening video plays with no visuals on Windows 7 and later

Set compatibility mode[citation needed]
  1. Open AssassinsCreed_Dx10.exe compatibility settings.
  2. Enable compatibility mode for Windows Vista (SP2).

Steam version crashes on startup

The game will try to connect to the Ubisoft servers, which cannot be reached anymore.
Block the game's executable from accessing the internet with Windows Firewall:

- open the start menu, type, and open "Windows Defender Firewall with Advanced Security".

- Click on "Outbound Rules" on the left-hand side.

- Click "New Rule..." on the right-hand side>

- Select "Program" then click next, select "This program path" then click "Browse...", then go to the install directory of the game and select "AssassinsCreed_Dx10" then click "open", then click next, then select "Block the connection", then click next, select Domain, Private, and Public, then click next, type a name, then click "finish".[citation needed]

Character audio problem

With 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound, characters' voices can be lost or inaudible.
Switch to Stereo[citation needed]

Game audio plays, but no visuals

Swap out files[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Swap the names of the files AssassinsCreed_Game and AssassinsCreed_Dx[version].
  3. Run the game.

Regular stutter, especially in the Kingdom

Enable Low Latency Mode via Nvidia Control Panel or similar[citation needed]
Disable your internet connection[citation needed]
You have to do this every time before playing the game.

Controller support doesn't work correctly

Assassin's Creed and Assassin's Creed II have problems with button mapping and recognition.
The following solutions do not support simultaneous trigger inputs. Disable "hold to lock" in the game's options menu to workaround this issue. Option is disabled by default.
The following fixes are not compatible with Steam Input as it will override the fix. If Steam Input is on, go into steam properties for this game and use the override to disable Steam Input.
Use a pre-made fix[12]
  1. Download and extract the files to <path-to-game>.
Use X360CE (Manual)[12]
Achieves the same result as the pre-made fix.
  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:
  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.

Game always starts up in windowed mode

By default, the game should run in fullscreen mode. However, occasionally, the game forces itself into windowed mode.
Return to fullscreen mode with Alt+ Enter[citation needed]
Use the -fullscreen command line argument[citation needed]

Crash when installed in a Storage Space

The game will refuse to run when installed on a drive which is managed by a Storage Space on Windows 8 and later.
Re-installing the Game on a drive that is not a Storage Space will fix this issue[citation needed]

Leap of Faith jumps result in death

In addition to visual glitches (such as twitching robes), playing with more than 60 FPS causes the Leap of Faith jumps to not work correctly, leading to the player characters death upon impact.
Enable Vsync in the graphics settings or force it in the graphics card control panel[13]
Cap game's framerate to 60FPS
  1. See the Frame rate glossary page for ways to limit FPS.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c, 10, 10.1 DirectX 10.1 was removed in the first patch.[5]
Shader Model support 3, 4
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.8i


Assassin's Creed Overhaul

Updates most of the textures and particle effects in-game with a mix of Assassin's Creed Revelations textures and custom textures. If there are issues with running or installing the mod, making the game's executable large address aware might fix them.[14][15]


Install by copying the contents of AC1 ReShade in the main folder of the game. (ReShade and OpenTexMod are both mutually exclusive. They don't run together by default. To run ReShade together with the Overhaul mod you have to either use TexMod, or to use OpenTexMod you need ENBInjector)[16][17][18] There also seems to be a texture issue with the sky while running this ReShade together with the Overhaul mod. In this Guide, at the page 5/10, is the fix to it.

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP2
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium D 2.6 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6800 XT
ATI Radeon HD 2400 Series
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. 2.0 2.1 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>/15100/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (15100) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. Not Loading in Windows 10; this will break thousands of - Microsoft Community - last accessed on 2017-01-16
  2. Microsoft - MS15-097: Description of the security update for the graphics component in Windows: September 8, 2015 - last accessed on 2018-02-16
  3. Verified by User:MetalPlateMage on 25 July 2015
    Installer is downloaded through Uplay client. Game is DRM-free.
  4. Hitman: Blood Money - Games for Windows - last accessed on 19 August 2022
  5. 5.0 5.1 Ubisoft comments on Assassin's Creed DX10.1 controversy - UPDATED - The Tech Report
  6. Assassins creed - skip intro movies - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)
  7. - Assassin's Creed Tweak Guide page 5
  8. - Assassin's Creed Tweak Guide page 6
  9. HBAO+ Compatibility Flags
  10. Original HBAO+ Post at Forums
  11. - ALchemy database Assassin's Creed entry
  12. 12.0 12.1 X360CE Wiki Compatibility List
  13. - When playing Assassin's Creed 1 on PC, make sure you turn on V-Sync. This is what happens when you have it off
  14. - For anyone that's lagging incredibly from the mod, make sure to patch your AC1 EXE with the Large Address Aware tool
  15. - I used the Large Address Aware to enable 2gb+ memory to be allocated by the AC exes.
  16. - I found out that uMod & OpenTexMod, after doing some research, that they don't always work together with ReShade or SweetFX. So the fix is to use the old TexMod.
  17. - After hours searching, finally ENBInjector did the trick.
  18. - none is working with reshade, only separate