Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Update Introduces Game-Changing NVIDIA PhysX Effects

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Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is one of the year’s most expansive and enjoyable PC games, featuring hours upon hours of pirate-filled, Assassin-themed fun, with dozens of quests, hundreds of miles of open ocean, and thousands of collectibles to track down. The definitive PC version is also one of the best looking games of 2013, with several NVIDIA GameWorks technologies bolstering the already-great graphics.

Shadows were enhanced with NVIDIA Percentage-Closer Soft Shadows, shading was enhanced with NVIDIA HBAO+ Ambient Occlusion, anti-aliasing was smoother with the addition of NVIDIA TXAA, and light rays were rendered for the first time with a new NVIDIA-developed DirectX 11, tessellated technique. Today, a major Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag update adds GPU-accelerated NVIDIA PhysX effects throughout the title, significantly improving the fidelity and realism of major game effects.

As demonstrated in the above video, PhysX adds realistic particle effects to firearms, smoke bombs, chimneys, torches, and camp fires throughout Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, enhancing image quality and the believability of the action by a considerable degree. And as with other recent appearances of PhysX in top titles, like Batman: Arkham Origins, each PhysX particle is further enhanced by our new Particle Shadow Mapping technology, enabling particle effects to cast shadows and self-shadow one another. This is particularly beneficial for thick, heavy smoke effects, such as pistol and musket fire, instantly emphasizing their density to the viewer, and further increasing image quality.

Together with updates to Percentage-Closer Soft Shadows and DirectX 11 tessellated light rays, the new NVIDIA PhysX effects in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag make one of the year’s best games look and play even better, further cementing the PC version’s status as the definitive edition. To enable PhysX, merely download the new game update through Steam or UPlay, and select the PhysX option in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag's graphics options menu.

For a limited time, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is included in the NVIDIA GeForce GTX Holiday Bundle, alongside Batman: Arkham Origins and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist. Buyers of the Holiday Bundle will receive up to three games, and up to $100 off the cost of a NVIDIA SHIELD at participating North American e-tailers and retailers, when buying the GeForce GTX TITAN, 780 Ti, 780, 770, 760, 690, 680, 670, 660 Ti, or 660.

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