In an attempt to make up for the glitch-filled launch of Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Ubisoft (EPA: UBI) will be giving out a free DLC pack to all owners of the game.
Over the past few weeks, Ubisoft has caught a lot of flak in regards to AC: Unity.
The game was shipped with a wealth of bugs and glitches, many of which range from comical (and sometimes frightening) missing textures to abysmally slow frame-rates.
At one point Ubisoft advised players to delete their entire friends list to keep the game from crashing. Yes, this really happened.
As a result of the glitches and a truly underhanded embargo policy, Unity fell gracelessly off this year’s AAA hit list, leading to faltering review scores and a swath of disappointed gamers. Even Ubisoft’s stock took a dip thanks to Unity‘s poor reception.
Ubisoft knows it messed up. A few days ago the French game developer apologized for Unity‘s bugs, and outlined a plan to compensate gamers for their frustrations in the tune of a free DLC pack. Season Pass owners will get a bonus–how does a free code for Far Cry 4 sound?
Ubisoft Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat delivered the following apology in a Live Updates blog post:
“Unfortunately, at launch, the overall quality of the game was diminished by bugs and unexpected technical issues. I want to sincerely apologize on behalf of Ubisoft and the entire Assassin’s Creed team.
“These problems took away from your enjoyment of the game, and kept many of you from experiencing the game at its fullest potential.”
“To show our appreciation for your continued support, we’re making the upcoming Assassin’s Creed: Unity Dead Kings DLC free for everyone.
“For Season Pass holders, we will also offer the choice of one additional game from a selection of Ubisoft titles for free. More details on the offer for Season Pass holders can be found here: AC Unity FAQ.”
And Ubisoft isn’t skimping on that “one additional game”. Season Pass holders and AC: Unity Gold Edition owners can choose one of the following titles on Xbox LIVE, PSN, Uplay or Steam:
- The Crew
- Far Cry 4
- Watch Dogs
- Assassin’s Creed Black Flag
- Rayman Legends
- Just Dance 2015
Now that’s quite the apology. But the kicker is that many retailers like GameStop are no longer selling Unity’s season pass, so you probably won’t be able to make out with a deal.
Mallat also affirms that the team is working hard on updating and patching Unity to address the troublesome bugs. The most recent patch, Patch 3, is now live and fixed over 300 errors and bugs across PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
According to Ubisoft, Patch 3 straightened up content across the board, streamlining frame-rate performance, connectivity issues, co-op stability, missions and more.
Below we have an overview of some of the changes introduced in the newest update.
Stability and Performance
- Fixed numerous random crashes in Campaign and Co-op modes
- Fixed specific framerate drops
- Improved task scheduling
- Tweaked performance for Reach High Points (Synchronization)
Gameplay (Navigation, Fight and Stealth)
- Fixed various navigation issues where players could get stuck
- Fixed various haystack issues
- Fixed various cover issues
- Fixed various camera issues
- Fixed various animation issues
- Fixed various Booster issues
AI & Crowd
- Fixed various animation issues
- Fixed various detection issues
- Fixed various crowd station issues (bonfires)
Matchmaking, Connectivity and Replication
- Fixed various matchmaking issues
- Fixed various host migration issues (hand-off occurs more smoothly)
- Fixed join-in-progress issues
- Fixed various replication issues between host and clients
- Fixed various issues in the My Club menu
Menus and HUD
- Fixed various menu issues and pop-up overlap issues
- Fixed Mission objective & updating issues
- Fixed issues in customization menu
- Fixed some localization inconsistencies in menus
- Fixed some issues in the credits
Mission Tweaks (Campaign, Co-op and Side Content)
- Fixed various low-repro walkthrough breaks
- Fixed various NPC navigation issues
- Fixed inconsistencies in some missions
World and 3D
- Adjusted various collisions and navigation mesh issues
Progression and Difficulty
- Adjusted various Community Event rewards
- Fixed save game corruption in some cases
- Fixed temporal blur from SLI
- Fixed graphical corruptions in Character Customization menu
- Fixed crash in Character Customization menu on controller auto-switch
- Alt+Enter switches windows correctly
- NPC on side monitors show correctly
- Minor UI improvements
You can find the full list of patch notes here.
Patch 4 is in the works, and Mallat reiterates that the dev team is committed to fixing their game post haste. A separate update to address frame-rates will be released soon, along with a host of other fixes.
This might not be enough to make up for the game’s buggy launch, but it’s a good start from Ubisoft. The only irony is that most people won’t want to play the game until it’s fully fixed. Maybe it’ll be in better shape when the DLC releases.
Ubisoft isn’t the only games-maker to have to issue an apology for a turbulent launch: 343 Industries recently owned up to the sorry state of the Halo: Master Chief Collection, and made promises to fix the game and “make it right” with the Halo community.