A German magazine has accused mega-publisher Ubisoft of denying it a review copy of Assassin’s Creed II because the mag couldn’t guarantee a positive review.
On the cover of the latest issue of Computer Bild Spiele, a headline reads:
SCANDAL! PUBLISHER WANTED US TO GUARANTEE A SCORE OF ‘SEHR GUT’ ['VERY GOOD']
Sadly, this doesn’t necessarily surprise me. Tomb Raider publisher Eidos has already openly admitted that it requests favorable scores, so we know these dubious dealings occur within the industry. That never stops it being hella depressing, so good on Computer Bild Spiele for sticking by its guns. In the online preview of its current issue, the publication states:
“Our reviews are tough, but fair. We will not give up our independent scores for the sake of a timely review. This holds true for Assassin’s Creed 2. The publisher asked us to guarantee the score ’sehr gut’, otherwise we would not receive a review copy, thus we will publish our review in next month’s issue.”
A bit of a shame, especially as Assassin’s Creed II will probably end up a perfectly decent game in its own right.
[We Are The Internetz, via Destructoid]