I’m not quite sure what to actually say for this piece because my sides are still sore from laughing hard last night and I’m probably going to have some nightmares later. Assassin’s Creed: Unity launched yesterday to much fanfare from Ubisoft and after the barrage of teasing videos and very in-depth reveals of the game and its technology, gamers finally have it in their own hands to play. But as with recent Assassin’s Creed games on the PC and consoles, there’s always a couple of bugs, right? Well, perhaps its fair to say that Unity just seems to have more of them.
When Unity launched, it did so with a review embargo that ended 12 hours after the game was available for purchase. On the same day when Dragon Age: Inquisition reviews and video overviews started popping up, there was nothing on Unity to be found. It seems like that filtered down to both gamers and investors because Ubisoft’s stock price dropped almost 10% yesterday. With the game pulling up a average review scores of around 6-7 on a scale of 10, it seems that there’s a general disinterest from the reviewers who got their reviews in on launch day.
It also seems as if the game is plagued with bugs and framerate dips on all launch platforms, which includes the Xbox One, the Playstation 4 and Windows PCs. Various videos and GIFS have gone up in the past 24 hours showing off these hilarious and sometimes nightmare-inducing fails, from missing face textures, to NPCs riding around on magic invisible carpets, to female NPCs being found to be wearing panties.
Did I mention NPC underwear? I can’t link the photo here because it’s NSFW and definitely not something you want to have your kids seeing, but yes… every female NPC in the game is wearing white cotton panties and have a very shapely derriere. I’m not sure why that needed to be done or why it was important, but clearly someone in Ubisoft’s seven studios working on Unity thought it was necessary.
To fix the issues and the glitches and framerate drops that people are seeing on the PC port and the consoles, Ubisoft has set up a blog dedicated to the issues people are seeing with the game and helping to identify which ones are the most common and which need to be addressed first. Some of the things they’re looking at include:
- Arno falling through the ground.
- Game crashing when joining a co-op session.
- Arno getting caught inside of hay carts.
- Delay in reaching the main menu screen at game start.
- Frame rate issues.
- Graphical and collision issues.
- Matchmaking co-op issues.
- Helix Credits issues.
Its worth noting that back in 2013, IGN interviewed Ubisioft North American president Laurent Detoc, who made some interesting comments on the Assassin’s Creed brand how Unity itself would force a change in focus or direction if it wasn’t well received.
“Ubisoft would break Assassin’s Creed’s annualized schedule by delaying a game if it’s not good enough..If we think we’ve ended up with a 70 percent Assassin’s Creed game, we’re not going to ship it,” Detoc told IGN. “That damages the brand. I’m not going to give you the names of products, because you know them as well as I do, but if you start to make games at 70 percent, even with a big brand, eventually people are going to change their mind about that brand. They won’t want it anymore.”
Was Ubisoft realising their own prophecy, or was Detoc hinting at the fact that he may have known about the issues long before the game was set to launch? Who knows. If you’re getting Assassin’s Creed: Unity on PS4, Xbox One or PC, please let us know how your experience has been so far!