Assassin’s Creed 3 Multiplayer – how to make Xfire work?

I’m Assassin’s Creed fan and I adore this series for many things but not for technicals. Poorly optimized engine, uncountable number of bugs and glitches… this is only short description of technical problems with Assassin’s Creed series on PC but still this is awesome and unique game which is worth to play.

Usually I’m not interested much with multiplayer modes but unique, interesting idea in case of this series makes me want to play it. Sometimes during gameplay it is needed to chat with other gamers. Ubisoft’ s Uplay not always works as it should, in-game voice chat is not always working as well (never fixed conflict of Realtek sound cards and Punkbuster and many other reasons to not use in-game voice chat) so it is needed to use some alternative. Steam is interesting but if you didn’t buy the game via Steam it may not work with retail/Ubishop/Green Man Gaming/other versions of game.

Very good alternative to Uplay and Steam overlays is Xfire. This piece of software with long history is very useful for social experience during gameplay in any game. You can use it to do many things, text chatting is only beginning but let’s focus on this one only.

By default, even after update, Xfire is not working with multiplayer of Assassin’s Creed 3 but works with singleplayer. After some research I’ve found out how to make it all work. All you need to do is to replace few lines of text in one configuration file of Xfire.

1. Quit Xfire

2. Open file “C:\ProgramData\Xfire\xfire_games.ini”

3. Find entries for Assassin’s Creed 3 and replace them with this:

[7685_1]
LongName=Assassin’s Creed III
ShortName=ac3
LauncherDirKey=HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Valve\Steam\InstallPath
LauncherExe=steam.exe
DetectDirKey=HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Steam App 208480\InstallLocation
DetectExe=AC3SP.exe
;InstallHint=steamapps\appmanifest_208480.acf
Launch=%UA_LAUNCHER_EXE_PATH% -applaunch 208480 %UA_LAUNCHER_EXTRA_ARGS% %UA_LAUNCHER_NETWORK_ARGS%
InGameRenderer=D3D11
InGameFlags=USE_PRESENT|ENABLE_MOUSE|NEW_INPUT_SYSTEM|USE_DINPUT_MOUSE|DISABLE_RELEASE
InGameDelay=5000

[7685_2]
LongName=Assassin’s Creed III
ShortName=ac3
LauncherDirKey=HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Ubisoft\Assassin’s Creed 3\InstallDir
LauncherExe=AssassinsCreed3.exe
DetectExe=AC3SP.exe
Launch=%UA_LAUNCHER_EXE_PATH% %UA_LAUNCHER_EXTRA_ARGS% %UA_LAUNCHER_NETWORK_ARGS%
InGameRenderer=D3D11
InGameFlags=USE_PRESENT|ENABLE_MOUSE|NEW_INPUT_SYSTEM|USE_DINPUT_MOUSE|DISABLE_RELEASE
InGameDelay=50000

[7686_1]
LongName=Assassin’s Creed III Multiplayer
ShortName=ac3mp
LauncherDirKey=HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Valve\Steam\InstallPath
LauncherExe=steam.exe
DetectDirKey=HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Steam App 208480\InstallLocation
DetectExe=AC3MP.exe
;InstallHint=steamapps\appmanifest_208480.acf
Launch=%UA_LAUNCHER_EXE_PATH% -applaunch 208480 %UA_LAUNCHER_EXTRA_ARGS% %UA_LAUNCHER_NETWORK_ARGS%
InGameRenderer=D3D9
InGameFlags=USE_PRESENT|ENABLE_MOUSE|USE_DINPUT_MOUSE

[7686_2]
LongName=Assassin’s Creed III Multiplayer
ShortName=ac3mp
LauncherDirKey=HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Ubisoft\Assassin’s Creed 3\InstallDir
LauncherExe=AssassinsCreed3.exe
DetectExe=AC3MP.exe
Launch=%UA_LAUNCHER_EXE_PATH% %UA_LAUNCHER_EXTRA_ARGS% %UA_LAUNCHER_NETWORK_ARGS%
InGameRenderer=D3D9
InGameFlags=USE_PRESENT|ENABLE_MOUSE|USE_DINPUT_MOUSE

4. Save changes

5. Start Xfire, now Xfire overlay should work in Assassin’s Creed 3 multiplayer.

If it is still not working you should to check if there is no conflict with other software. For example running MSI Afterburner may be a problem. Also check if there is no other software using their own overlays running in background. Some AA injectors too can be the reason. If you are using SMAA or FXAA injector for this game disable it.

I hope it helped to you, enjoy your game and be aware of me in there 😀

P.S.

Or if you still have problem after applying this tip just replace existing file with this one:

http://speedy.sh/Bc8mz/xfire-games.ini

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