Assassin's Creed Unity is the first new-gen exclusive title from Ubisoft and it looks absolutely marvelous - but it doesn't play quite so well.
Since launch, players have been finding issues in everything from the graphics to the framerates, with screenshots all over the web showing what it looks like when fancy French revolutionaries have their heads turned inside out. It's kind of hilarious, as it turns out, especially if it happens during an otherwise serious cutscene.
But its also not something that should happen in a AAA game, especially from a series which has generally had pretty stable releases. The transition to a two brand new consoles is likely to be the source of the blame, but CEO of Ubisoft Montreal Yannis Mallet has gone so far as to issue a public apology.
"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."
That's about as openly culpable as you can get, with the rest of the statementhe goes on to assert that Ubisoft is doing everything they can to fix the issues and that the company as a whole is dedicated to continuing to deliver the best games they can.
But more than an apology, Ubi is also offering things for free. To make amends (to some degree) they're giving away the first DLC pack for Unity free to every single player. Dead Kings provides a new setting in the city of Saint-Denis, where Arnocomes up against raiders sacking the tombs of former rulers of France.
It takes place after Unity and will include plenty of new content as well as an additional weapon and underground puzzles which are more like the intense sections in older AC titles.
As mentioned in the video, Assassin's Creed Chronicles China was also set to be part of the Season Pass, but Ubisofthas decided to drop the Season Pass. This means you'll be able to buy the 2.5D China game at some future time. And for anyone who has already paid for the season pass, they'll get a Ubi game absolutely free from a selection of pretty decent titles:
Far Cry 4
Assassin’s Creed Black Flag
Just Dance 2015
Personally, I'd go straight for the excellent (and not at all buggy) Far Cry 4. There's no word yet on the release date for either of these pieces of DLC and you can no longer buy the season pass.