The launch of Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Unity did not go particularly well. While the game was enjoyable by itself, there were significant issues that caused players a lot of frustration. Bugs and glitches marred the game, leaving many disappointed and pushing Ubisoft to respond with multiple updates and patches. With so much focus being placed on fixing the game, the upcoming DLC was put into question. While it seems like the DLC will move on as planned, there have been a number of changes including the discontinuation of sales on the Assassin’s Creed Unity Season Pass. If you have already purchased the pass though don’t worry, Ubisoft is making sure that all players are taken care of.
First up, due to the number of problems with the base game Ubisoft has decided to release the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Unity Dead Kings DLC completely free. Whether you bought the Season PAss or not you will be able to download this additional chapter without paying anything. This would probably upset those who already purchased the pass expecting the DLC to be an exclusive reward, but they will be getting a few extras to keep them satisfied.
Season Pass holders will still receive all of the planned content they were originally meant to get, which includes Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China. On top of this they will be eligible for a free game from Ubisoft. The available games are The Crew, Far Cry 4, Watch Dogs, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Rayman Legends, and Just Dance 2015. The system by which players will receive their free game is still being worked out, so keep checking back for updates.
The full announcement from Ubisoft CEO Yannis Mallat is 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.
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.
CEO, Ubisoft Montreal & Toronto