The state of Assassin's Creed Unity at launch has been highly publicized in recent weeks. The first Next-Gen Assassin's Creed shipped buggy, technically inept and frankly terrifying if you experienced the "no-face" glitch. Ubisoft has addressed the issue with a message from Ubisoft CEO Yannis Mallat, in full below.
The launch of Assassin’s Creed Unity was a highly-anticipated moment for me and for our development teams around the world who dedicated a tremendous amount of energy, passion and skill to the game’s creation. For us, it was the culmination of years of work on new technologies, the development of multiple innovations -- including an all-new game engine -- and an evolution of the Assassin’s Creed franchise’s core pillars. More importantly, we know that it was a highly-anticipated moment for many of you as well, as you looked forward to taking part in the first truly next generation Assassin’s Creed game.Not so fast everyone! The free Ubisoft title is only for those who had purchased the Gold Edition which included the Season Pass at launch; which is understandable lest people rush out to purchase the Season Pass for the promise of a free game. The Ubisoft games eligible for this giveaway are The Crew, Far Cry 4, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Watch_Dogs, Rayman Legends and Just Dance 2015.
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.
We’ve been working hard to fix the problems players are reporting, and the patches we have released so far have resolved many of them. Today, we’re releasing our third patch, which fixes a variety of specific issues related to the game’s stability and performance, matchmaking and connectivity, gameplay and menus. You can find the release notes on that patch here: Patch 3 Notes
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
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 – 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.
We will continue striving to make Assassin’s Creed one of the most ambitious and innovative franchises on the market, and we thank you for your continued loyalty and support.
Sincerely, Yannis Mallat CEO, Ubisoft Montreal & Toronto
Ubisoft has been taking a beating in the press recently, primarily over Unity. From the initial issue of gender diversity, exacerbated by a predatory embargo, bugs at launch and egregious micro-transactions many gamers have had an increasingly negative opinion of the publishing giant. To this end it is heartening to see a massive company recognize its mistake and take steps to make amends to the gamers affected.