As for those of you not from the United States, the country was off on holiday last week specifically for Thanksgiving, a day that celebrates food and family. For those of you also on break, you may have missed the pretty big news that Ubisoft announced regarding the troubled launch of Assassin’s Creed Unity.
By now, you are probably well aware that Assassin’s Creed Unity has been a topic of controversy since it’s release a few weeks back. Marred by technical issues and other elements that were not well received by the masses, Ubisoft has finally come out to address everything that has happened with the game.
In a press release from Ubisoft Montreal and Toronto’s CEO, Yannis Mallat, comes out to apologize for the way the game was released:
“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.“
The big news coming off of this apology is that Ubisoft is giving away the game’s upcoming “Dead Kings” story DLC for free to everyone. For those of you who picked up the season pass in anticipation of this additional story, Ubisoft is also giving you a free game to pick from in appreciation. What games you ask? You can pick one from the following list: The Crew, Watch_Dogs, Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Just Dance 2015, and Rayman Legends. A very nice list if you ask me, especially considering that The Crew just launched today. When the redeem process is established, notifications of how to download the game will become available. You’ll also want to make sure you download the game before March 15, 2015 as this sweet deal expires.
“In addition to the latest patch and this offer, we are committed to delivering further fixes for other issues you’ve raised. In the meantime, please keep your feedback coming,” Mallat went on to say, “it has been both humbling and incredibly helpful as we continue working hard to improve the overall quality of the game. We are hopeful that with these forthcoming updates, everyone will be able to truly enjoy their Assassin’s Creed Unity experience.”
Overall, I’m surprised but am happy that Ubisoft decided to do this. It’s a move they didn’t have to do but felt bad enough about the launch state affecting people’s enjoyment of the game and sought to make the situation right as a show of good faith. Kudos to them. While the game has been patched a few times eliminating the majority of the technical issues, does this news change your opinion at all?