Xbox One and PS4 owners who purchased the season pass for Assassin’s Creed Unity can now download the free game they were promised by developer Ubisoft.
Ubisoft announced that the website for its free game offer was live this morning, two days after it released another large-scale title update to address the problems that have plagued Assassin’s Creed Unity since launch.
To be clear, the free game isn’t meant as an apology for the technical problems facing Assassin’s Creed Unity. Instead, the offer is for users who purchased the Season Pass for Assassin’s Creed Unity earlier this year. Ubisoft started selling the Assassin’s Creed Unity Season Pass months before the actual game arrived. Normally that isn’t a problem, but the company now plans to give away everything that was included with the Season Pass for free to everyone who purchased Assassin’s Creed Unity.
Six popular titles that span Ubisoft’s high-profile library are included in the deal. They are Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, Rayman: Legends, Watch Dogs, The Crew and Just Dance 2015. The Crew, Just Dance 2015, Watch Dogs and Far Cry 4 all launched this year, so that’s roughly a $60 savings for users who choose those games.
Having already used the prepaid code that came with their season pass if purchased online, Assassin’s Creed Unity players need only go to the free game website and login to whatever platform they purchased the Season Pass for. For example, those who purchased it for Xbox One will need to log into Xbox Live. They’ll then need to create a UPlay account and link it to their Xbox Live or PlayStation Network account if they haven’t already done so. After logging in UPlay will determine if the player actually is eligible. Users who are eligible will receive a code for a free game on the same platform as they purchased the Assassin’s Creed Unity season pass on. users who haven’t received their key in 10 days will need to contact Ubisoft Customer Support.
All told, it’s a pretty nice gesture following what really was a worst-case scenario. Assassin’s Creed Unity is the first game in the long running series created specifically for next-generation consoles. Ubisoft used the new power of the Xbox One and PS4 to deliver some serious feature upgrades.
In past Assassin’s Creed games you could climb to a buildings highest point with no problem. If you wanted to get down you had to look for the nearest haystack and jump all the way down. This was an issue for two reasons. First, when you’re trying to be stealthy you need as many options as you can. Second, it meant that entire levels had haystacks scattered everywhere.
New mechanics like the Phantom Blade — what’s essential a hand-held knife thrower — helped keep things interesting. Assassin’s Creed Unity also includes easy upgrades so that users can tailor their Assassin to their play style and some of the best graphics we’ve seen in an open-world game yet.
With excitement so high, Ubisoft had the raw ingredients for success. Potential buyers weren’t so happy on launch day, though. Some user’s reported crashes so bad that they had to restart their console. Some citizens of Paris were stuck in walls. Sometimes the game’s protagonist, Arno Dorian would get stuck inside a building or fall through the landscape entirely. The issues were so consistent and so prevalent that Ubisoft launched a new blog dedicated to keeping users abreast of the latest fixes and developments. Since then it’s kept a steady stream of title updates coming.
Understandably, what users are wondering now is when they’ll get their hands on the free downloadable content Ubisoft promised those who just purchased the game without the Season Pass. Ubisoft has already confirmed that Dead Kings has an additional story and will take place at the ancestral burial ground of past French kings. We don’t yet have a release date for it.