In the wake of the problematic launch of “Assassin’s Creed: Unity,” Ubisoft Montreal & Toronto CEO Yannis Mallat has posted a letter online saying the feedback the company has received “has been both humbling and incredibly helpful”.
Since the game’s release, Ubisoft staff has been working hard to fix the problems players have been having with the game via a series of patches. The third was released this past week for all platforms, and yet over two weeks since the game’s release a good portion of players are still having problems.
As a result, the company has decided to offer the game’s upcoming ‘Dead Kings’ DLC free for all players. For those who’ve already pre-purchased a Season Pass, you won’t be refunded but you can get a free game of your choosing from a list of a half-dozen including: The Crew, Far Cry 4, Watch Dogs, Assassin’s Creed Black Flag, Rayman Legends and Just Dance 2015.
After all the issues with the ‘Unity,’ Ubisoft’s “Far Cry 4” launch last week has gone far smoother with only the odd glitch popping up for a few players. The game has also scored much higher with critics, nabbing between 80-85/100 on Metacritic compared to the 71-74/100 that ‘Unity’ had.
Their next big game is open world racing title “The Crew” and the company is sticking to its review embargo for the game, which it did for ‘Unity’ with not so good results. In this case though they have good reason according to their blog:
“The Crew was built from the beginning to be a living playground full of driving fans, so it’s only possible to assess our game in its entirety with other real players in the world. For this very reason, The Crew will be available to media to begin their reviews when the game launches on December 2. There will be absolutely no embargo on any type of coverage once the game is available for sale.
While we fully anticipate that you might see some reviews immediately at launch–largely built around the preview sessions we facilitated during the past months or the limited content of the closed and open betas–they won’t be based on optimal conditions or reflect the finished game.