Assassin’s Creed Mirage players irritated by chromatic aberration settings

Assassin’s Creed Mirage players irritated by chromatic aberration settings
Images via Ubisoft

Written by 

Megan Cooke


7th Oct 2023 18:10

The latest Assassin’s Creed game has recently launched with very little fanfare, however it is generally well-liked amongst players.

However, there is one big issue that many people have with the game, namely the forced visual effects, like chromatic aberration, which cannot be turned off in settings.

Many players have spoken out online about how frustrating it is to not be able to change this, stating that chromatic aberration ruins the immersion and makes them feel ill.

Assassin’s Creed Mirage doesn’t let players turn off chromatic aberration




When Assassin’s Creed Mirage launched on 5 October, players quickly noticed the effects of chromatic aberration in their game.

While in many games where chromatic aberration is used, it is only applied to the edges of the screen, Mirage appears to apply the visual effect to the whole picture, making the game difficult to look at.

When players went to turn off the distracting effect in settings, they quickly realised there was no way to do so.

In an Assassin’s Creed Mirage launch day megathread on Reddit, u/UnknownMutagen said: “Would love a chromatic aberration toggle. It’s actually quite distracting.”

Several accounts agreed with this sentiment, with one writing “Genuinely this is one of the worst implementations of chromatic aberration I've ever seen.”

This isn’t the only visual effect in the game which can’t be turned off, as players have found that motion blur and film grain are also set to always be on. 

“Mirage is an amazing entry for sure,” wrote Twitter user, Matt Stark. “But please fix the graphics and add a toggle for motion blur, film grain and chromatic aberration to turn them off. It's very distracting.”

Mirage’s visual effects are making some players feel unwell




Several players have complained that the amount of visual effects in the game are making them feel ill, with people complaining of motion sickness, headaches and dizziness.

In reference to chromatic aberration making the game look blurry, Reddit user u/Thestickleman, said: “That, along with not being able to turn motion blur and chromatic aberration off, it ends up hurting my eyes, starts to give me a headache then starts to makes me feel a bit ill after not too long.”

Another user wrote: “The game is so blurry due to the chromatic aberration that gives nausea when I'm playing. It's serious.”

Luckily, not everyone is noticing the chromatic aberration as badly as others, with some players even saying that they don’t notice it at all unless they are sitting too close to their screen.

This isn’t the first time developers haven’t added visual effect settings




This isn’t the first time that developers have neglected to add essential settings into their games alongside visual effects.

When Final Fantasy 16 launched earlier this year, many players complained about not being able to turn off motion blur and it made them feel nauseous.

In response, Square Enix did eventually update the game to add in a toggle to switch it on and off, however it seems unusual that this wouldn’t be included from the start.

Thankfully, it seems like the Assassin’s Creed Mirage team may have taken notice of players complaints, as a Reddit user has shared that Ubisoft have indicated on Discord that it is looking into a feature to toggle chromatic aberration.

Megan Cooke
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Megan Cooke
Megan is GGRecon's Evening & Weekend News Writer. She has an undergraduate degree in Creative Writing and is working towards finishing her masters in Journalism. When she isn’t writing about games she can be found reading romance novels or playing cosy games like Stardew Valley, Animal Crossing, APICO, and Disney Dreamlight Valley.
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