Ubisoft Cautions Players To Ignore Early Reviews of The Crew

Ubisoft warns players not to listen to early reviews of The Crew and try the game out for themselves.

Ubisoft is warning players to take early reviews of The Crew with a grain of salt as the game can only be "accessed in its entirety with other real players in the world" on a scale that the press just isn't experiencing.

Ubisoft isn't likely to win any "trustworthy company of the year" awards with its recent blunders and shady embargo tactics, but at least The Crew is in a completely open beta today for PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC, so you can get some hands on time with it and play it for yourself. 

The blog post goes on to explain why even the beta shouldn't be considered a full representation of the finalized gameplay:

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. We sincerely hope everyone will take the time to customize their ride as they progress through all five regions, explore every corner of the map solo and with friends, dive into our competitive and cooperative mechanics, race to the end of the main campaign, choose a Faction and compete with your crew in Factions Wars, and so much more.

It sounds a lot like they're saying that players shouldn't let experience in the beta or early reviews in the press weigh too heavily on their opinions until they've bought the retail game and experienced the 'massive' bit of the MMO portion of it. It makes one wonder what the point of these preview sessions are, if they're such poor insights into the final product.

The Crew will be available on December 2nd on PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.


I'm a shameless geek for anything comedy, gaming and coffee. I play most of my games on PlayStation and drink my coffee with butter. I have deep admiration for the works of Joseph Campbell, and as such, have a love for powerful stories and engaging narratives in games and beyond. I play anything story driven, mostly Action-Adventure games, RPGs and anything open-world. I've been writing about games for years and I'm now committing dangerously large chunks of time to that, occasionally streaming (twitch.tv/thebenjamski) and putting putting out Let's Play videos in the near future. Cool cool cool.

Published Nov. 25th 2014
  • Ryu Sheng
    Well to be fair, what they're saying isn't wrong. The game is developed around a MMO style of game. You can't experience that when there's only a few people running around.
  • Benjamski
    By that logic sure, i can agree with that. But even that considered it's a lot to ask consumers to trust Ubisoft right now, for any reason.
  • Ryu Sheng
    oh i agree, as a company it;s hard to trust them given the issues with Unity. However i do have to agree with them that you can't really review an MMO when there's no one around :D

    I bought the Gold edition of Unity, with the season pass, so i get The Crew for Free, which is great. But i already know the game is gonna suck since i've played the beta a lot
  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    And Ubisoft just keeps on digging. Take it away Linus http://fat.gfycat.com/BeneficialDarkArctichare.gif

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