If you browse the internet and appreciate video games, then you’ve probably seen the hilariously terrifying glitches that tainted the launch of the first current-gen exclusive Assassin’s Creed title, Unity. Ubisoft has since released three updates and a couple of hotfixes to address the issues, but in an apology posted earlier today by CEO of Ubisoft Montreal and Toronto Yannis Mallat, consumers who purchased Unity and/or its Season Pass will be getting a little bit more in return.
If you picked up Unity for Xbox One or PS4, you’ll receive the upcoming campaign DLC Dead Kings as a bit of a make-up kiss. Following the events of Unity, Dead Kings has Arno visiting Saint Denis and its underground necropolis, and was previously included in the game’s Season Pass. Season Pass owners will still have access to Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China when it launches in 2015, but future sales of the Season Pass have been discontinued.
If you purchased the Season Pass however, Ubisoft is attempting to soften the blow by offering one of the following games for free: Far Cry 4, Watch Dogs, The Crew, Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, Just Dance 2015, or Rayman Legends. In retrospect, buying the Season Pass was probably a good idea.
You can read the full apology right here at the official Assassin’s Creed website, which also has more info on how to redeem your free game if you’re a Season Pass owner.
Free games are all well and good, but it’s really just slapping a band-aid over an infected wound. Developers need to realize that it’s not okay to ship a game that shouldn’t have even made it out of beta. This year alone we’ve seen a plethora of supposed AAA releases launch in a broken state because developers know they can just “fix” it with a day one patch. If your game needs a day one patch, it’s not finished. You’re taking advantage of your consumers, which is (for lack of a better term) complete bullshit.
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