We’ve all been aware of the issue that is developers pushing games out with blaring issues, only to patch them later. Paul wrote up an opinion piece on it just the other day, and we’ve seen our community react fiercely in the comments. We’re not the only ones talking about it, though, and that’s good.
Ubisoft Montreal/Toronto CEO Yannis Mallat took to his keyboard today to issue an apology to fans of the Assassin’s Creed series. He apologized personally for the bugs and other problems that players across all platforms have had to deal with and, as a way to assuage everyone’s grievances, is offering up a handful of free content.
For anyone who owns the game, the upcoming DLC “Dead Kings” will be free. Anyone who purchased a Season Pass for the game, or AC: Unity Gold Edition, will be given the chance to download one of a few Ubisoft titles for free in the near future. The games include The Crew, Far Cry 4, Watch Dogs, Rayman Legends, AC: Black Flag, and Just Dance 2015. The download is limited to the platform you originally purchased the Season Pass on.
From Mallat himself:
In addition to the latest patch and this offer, we are committed to delivering further fixes for other issues you’ve raised. In the meantime, please keep your feedback coming – it has been both humbling and incredibly helpful as we continue working hard to improve the overall quality of the game.
This seems to be a good stance to take, not just in regards to their own game, but to the industry as a whole. However, with review embargoes, multiple post-release patches, and other somewhat iffy tactics taking place lately, some people don’t see it as a big enough gesture. Ironic that their game takes place during a revolution, given the online riots and uproars these issues have caused.
What do you, the gamers, think about this? Hooray for free things? Or down with the establishment?