Ubisoft to Give Assassin's Creed Unity Players DLC as Apology for Glitchy Launch

Players who got shafted after Unity's glitchy release will be getting some gifts, including Dead Kings and other freebies.

Assassin's Creed Unity developer Ubisoft has announced a change of heart about the upcoming Dead Kings. Instead of selling the game for a price, it will now be given away to Unity players as a sincere apology for the latter's faulty release.

Formerly a season-pass exclusive game, Dead Kings could double as not just a symbol of apology, but also as a reward for patience: dealing with hundreds of different bugs and glitchy scenarios from the jump could not possibly have been enjoyable for fans.

Further, players who have already bought the season pass, which Ubisoft has since discontinued selling, can enjoy their pick of a free game instead. They can choose from from the games Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, Just Dance 2015, Watch Dogs, Far Cry 4, Rayman Legends, and The Crew.

While the Ubisoft developing team is still working on patches to fix all the holes -- one in particular had Arno Dorian actually falling through the ground -- CEO Yannis Mallat had this to say about the situation:

"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 amoung of energy, passion and skill to the game's creation. 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."

Following the player-made reports of Unity's various problems, the team has responded swiftly, releasing a third corrective patch on Wednesday, Novemeber 26. This patch is intended to fix issues with the game's stability, performance, matchmaking, connectivity, gameplay, and its menus.

Even through this shortcoming, season-pass players will still be able to reap the benefits of having the pass, including the Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China DLC, which shifts over to new assassin protagonist, Shao Jun. Maybe China and the other games can occupy time well while Ubisoft gets Unity running smoothly.


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Published Nov. 29th 2014
  • Si_W
    Whilst this is certainly a good move by Ubisoft (and inadvertently sets a benchmark for future releases...), I can't help but feel it's too much.

    I saw a couple of bugs from day 1 but nothing substantial. Was it really that bad?
  • KieraB
    There were a number of bugs that nearly stopped/crashed the game, as far as I know.

    I think Ubisoft may also be trying to make amends for not only the bugs, but the flack they've been getting for supposedly barring early reviews for game releases. Accusations of knowing about their games' flaws and seeking to hide them from players have been flying lately, as far as I heard. I haven't looked into these claims yet, but if that's the case, I wouldn't be surprised to find that that's why they're doing so much.

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