The common Assassin’s Creed Unity review points to the fact that the game was launched with several flaws. Between the frame rate problems, the infamous “no face” glitch, and other technical issues, some have even called Ubisoft’s latest current-gen release an embarrassing, broken failure.
On Thursday, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot acknowledged the disappointing launch of the game which had garnered so much hype that critics were ready to name it the game of the year. Oddly, those critics weren’t given playable copies of the game early enough for a timely review.
Twinfinite called that a sign that Ubisoft knew the collective Assassin’s Creed Unity review would be unsavory, giving unsuspecting gamers time to buy it without realizing what they were doing. The gaming news site even stated that some reviewers encouraged consumers not to play it because “it was so poorly made.”
Guillemot stated during the conference call that sales were very positive for Ubisoft’s star games, which also included Watch Dogs, Far Cry 4, and South Park: The Stick of Truth. When asked directly about the questionable quality of the latest Assassin’s Creed, he attempted to paint the failure as brightly as he could.
“Each time there’s a new transition of consoles, we try to create engines that take full advantage of the capacity of those consoles. In the case of Unity, we had to redo 100 [percent] of the engine. When you do that, it’s painful for all the group. Everything has to be re-calibrated. With this game, a few things were not perfect when the game was launched. But the engine has been created, and it is going help that brand shine in the future. It’s steps that we have to take regularly so we can constantly innovate, and those steps are sometimes painful. But they allow us to improve the overall quality of the brand, so we think this will help the brand in the long-term.”
With the announcement of Assassin’s Creed: Victory coming this year, could Ubisoft learn from the collective Assassin’s Creed Unity review and pull another great game out? They did it before with Black Flag after the generally disappointing Assassin’s Creed III, but admittedly that was well into the console cycle and Assassin’s Creed III was still a solid release.
Kotaku claims Guillemot has said that Ubisoft will improve on the new engine and use it to make Victory a more solid game.
“Next fiscal year we will launch a new Assassin’s Creed game based on the same technology that powered Unity. We are very confident that the experiences learned, along with the customer feedback, will help us take Assassin’s Creed to the next level of quality and innovation.”
Do you think Ubisoft has learned from the average Assassin’s Creed Unity review, or will we see another let-down when the Assassin’s Creed: Victory release date hits?
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