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Assassin’s Creed: Unity patch 4 is nearly 7GB, out today

The fourth patch for Assassin’s Creed: Unity will roll out today on Xbox One and PS4, and it’s due to hit PC later in the week. Ubisoft has said that the fourth patch for Assassin’s Creed: Unity will fix “most of the remaining issues” in the game – w…
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Assassin’s Creed: Unity patch on hold to ‘refurbish’ Paris

Ubisoft delayed the fourth Assassin’s Creed: Unity patch today, citing additional issues that need to be corrected in the game before the update can be made available. The publisher anticipated that it could offer the patch today across all platforms…
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Assassin’s Creed Unity Free Game Redemption Starting This Week

Following Ubisoft’s apology for the problems with Assassin’s Creed Unity, the company indicated that it would be making changes to the season pass. As a make-right for anyone that purchased the game, the Dead Kings DLC will be free. And anyone that purchased the season pass (that previously included that content) will be getting a free Ubisoft game.

The publisher has updated its question and answer page related to the free game offer. On a page related to the matter, Ubisoft says that the website to secure your additional title will be going live this week.

If you have purchased but haven’t yet redeemed your season pass, you should do so at your earliest convenience. Delaying will cause a lag in your ability to collect your free title.

As a reminder, the following titles are eligible:

  • The Crew 
  • Far Cry 4 
  • Watch Dogs 
  • Assassin’s Creed Black Flag 
  • Rayman Legends 
  • Just Dance 2015 

The season pass is no longer being sold, but those that did purchase it will still receive the other content they were promised. This includes Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China, a standalone game.

[Source: Ubisoft]

 

Our Take
It’s wise for Ubisoft to get this in motion before Christmas, as the gaming networks typically become clogged with all the new consoles coming online. You would do well to move on this quickly once the redemption website is available.

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Next Assassin’s Creed Unity Patch On Hold, Requires Paris Map To Be ‘Refurbished’

Ubisoft has issued a statement indicating that the next Assassin’s Creed Unity update (dubbed “Patch 4”) is on hold. The publisher had originally promised to roll out the latest fixes today, following a long line of repairs to the title.

“As stated last week, we’d expected to release the patch today (and we know that many are anticipating its release), but we are choosing to hold off until we can give you the improvements we’ve promised,” the Ubisoft Live Update Team writes. “We are committed to delivering major performance improvements, which requires that we refurbish the Paris map and that will take a few more days to hit the high level of quality our players deserve.”

The publisher hasn’t offered a specific target for delivering Patch 4. We’ve reached out to Ubisoft for context or clarification around what is involved in refurbishing Assassin’s Creed Unity’s map. We’ll update once more information is available.

[Source: Ubisoft]

 

Our Take
Refurbishing an entire game map sounds extensive, which would certainly explain the delay. However, if this much work is required under the hood, I return to my principle question about Unity: How did this game ship if it was so terribly broken?

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Reader Discussion: Who Is Your Favorite Assassin’s Creed Assassin?

Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, Ratonhnhaké:ton A.K.A. Connor, Aveline de Grandpré, Edward James Kenway, Shay Patrick Cormac, or Arno Victor Dorian?

For the sake of simplicity, we'll stick to the assassins who had the opportunity to star in their own games. Who's the best? Do you like Ezio and Arno's brash attitude? Or maybe you prefer the stoicism of Altaïr and Ratonhnhaké:ton? Or may you just like pirates so much that Edward wins by default?

Who's the best? Who have you enjoyed spending the most time with? Who do you wish received multiple games? Who do you wish only received one game? Let us know in the comments below.

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Assassin’s Creed Unity’s fourth patch arrives Monday

The fourth major bug-killing patch for Assassin’s Creed Unity will launch across all platforms on Monday, Ubisoft announced today.

Detailed earlier this week, the forthcoming patch aims to address lingering framerate issues, crashes, and companion a…
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Assassin’s Creed Unity Patch Coming For All Platforms

Ubisoft has announced a release date for the newest Assassin's Creed Unity patch across all platforms.

Patch 4 is planned for release on Monday, December 15. According to Ubisoft, the patch addresses online connectivity and matchmaking issues, as well as improves overall stability and miscellaneous problems.

Since launch, the game has had numerous problems, including with its embedded social features.

[Source: Ubisoft]

 

Our Take
I've been living without AC Unity's online features until now, and can do so for the near future. Still, it will be good to have them up and running as they should. Hopefully.

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Ubisoft: Patch 4 will fix ‘most’ remaining Assassin’s Creed: Unity bugs

Assassin’s Creed: Unity has been criticized for technical issues since its November 11 launch, but publisher Ubisoft believes the majority of the game’s issues are nearly behind it.

In a recent entry posted to Unity’s website, the Live Update team d…
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Ubisoft confirms next Assassin’s Creed for Victorian London

The next major entry in the Assassin’s Creed series will reportedly be set in London. According to sources close to Kotaku, the game will take place in the Victorian era, which makes some sense of the reported codename for the next rooftop-leaping ga…
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Top 50 Challenge 2014 – Assassin’s Creed Unity

I always look forward to playing a new Assassin's Creed game each year. When the Animus is roaring at the peak of its capabilities, traveling back to a pivotal point in human history is likely one of the best experiences of the year. But as we all know, the Animus is often unreliable, and can deliver a dud like Assassin's Creed III, a game that makes a mockery of history, even putting the protagonist on Paul Revere's horse during his famous ride.

Assassin's Creed Unity isn't a dud, it's something different: It's a good game built upon an unstable foundation, capable of falling apart or glitching out at any given moment. A dud can be written off without any thought. A good game, well, we want to play it. I'm sure you've all seen screenshots of Unity's most publicized bug: characters with no faces who look like they attended the ark opening at the end of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. That's just the tip of Unity's bug-filled iceberg. In my complete playthrough of the game, I often saw NPCs falling through the ground, flying though the sky with no animation, or twitching uncontrollably when they made contact with a building's exterior. Moreover, I fell through the world five times – all during missions, which I had to restart – got stuck on invisible barriers frequently, and turned off my game in disgust when Arno dove into a haystack and couldn't leave it. Significant dips in the framerate accompanied most of my co-op experiences, and also reared up in single player battles.

Long story short, the game clearly wasn't ready for prime time, and should have been delayed. Ubisoft is now furiously trying to patch the experience to make it somewhat stable. Ubisoft's latest "fix" tells players to delete all of their contacts, a ridiculous suggestion in a game that is designed with a huge multiplayer focus. Months from now, it may be a more reliable experience, but for those who played it under the conditions I did, it was frustrating and unfair – a broken game through and through.

There is a fun game to be had here. The French Revolution is a fascinating backdrop for the long-running assassin/Templar war, and the budding romance between protagonist Arno and Élise, who are on opposite sides of the conflict. The story kept me engaged all the way up until the end. On a side note, I am disappointed to see Ubisoft abandoning the future content almost fully this time around. It was reworked in Black Flag and Rogue, and although it still follows a similar strain, it's almost completely buried in this entry.

The game is also stunning to look at…when it's working properly. Paris' architecture is beautifully realized, giving players the opportunity to view the interiors of some of the city's most notable landmarks.

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The gameplay design veers away from the boring "follow this person" missions for the most part, and puts more emphasis on assassinations, which embrace player choice in how they approach the target. Fun side missions like murder mysteries are also in great abundance. Like every game in this series, this installment is in no shortage of content. There's plenty to do and see, and most of it is fun.

Sneaking through heavily fortified interiors with friends lurking in the shadows with you is one of the big draws. I occasionally saw glimpses of how it could be great, but again, crippling lag and framerate drops often accompanied this experience for me.

Assassin's Creed Unity has all of the content needed for a great game, it just needs to be finished first.

My Vote
I've received numerous emails and tweets from people saying that Assassin's Creed Unity is their favorite game of the year or their biggest disappointment of the year. In my time with it, I bounced like a pinball between loving it and being disgusted by it. This series has always been a little buggy, but in this entry, the glitches often led to retracing steps, or being distracted from the beauty of the world. For these reasons alone, Assassin's Creed Unity doesn't
deserve a spot on the Top 50 list. I'd argue it deserves to be on our
Top 10 Disappointments list instead.

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