Every corner of the web is buzzing with the mention of Assassin’s Creed: Unity. However, this kind of popularity is not what Ubisoft hoped for.
The game’s a broken mess and looks nothing like what the studio had promised its consumer base when it had started rolling out the hype train earlier this year.
Among the many bugs, glitches and technical issues, one stands out as the mysterious vanishing of characters’ faces. What you’re left with are only the eyeballs, teeth, gums and in some cases hair.
I doubt anyone who paid the full retail price for this game would be interested in knowing more about the anatomy of the characters, even if the release had somehow coincided with Halloween.
Other problems involve players frequently falling through the floor and exiting the world entirely, NPCs floating about, players getting caught inside of hay carts, random game crashes, co-op mode ejecting players, menus with insane delays, objective markers disappearing, and a deplorable frame rate.
These are just some of the issues that I’ve come across on the web.
A couple of days ago the community manager of Ubisoft’s official forums posted that these graphical performance issues are being caused by AMD alone, in turn blaming AMD for Assassin’s Creed: Unity’s Problems.
“We are aware that the graphics performance of Assassin’s Creed Unity on PC may be adversely affected by certain AMD CPU and GPU configurations,” wrote UbiJohkr.
“This should not affect the vast majority of PC players, but rest assured that AMD and Ubisoft are continuing to work together closely to resolve the issue, and will provide more information as soon as it is available.”
Statements such as these only help Ubisoft to dig even deeper holes for themselves. The issues are being reported from everyone, including Nvidia owners.
TotalBiscuit for one found the game an abysmal wreck on his rig that boasts a tri-SLI Nvidia GTX 980 configuration.
I realize that this next-gen business is getting everyone really excited but any game at this stage that refuses to run right even with three Nvidia GTX 980 cards stacked together, spells major trouble.
This also isn’t the first time that Ubisoft has chosen AMD as its scapegoat. Back with Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag the game had frame rate issues with maxed out Anti Aliasing features.
Ubisoft pointed out that only AMD users were struggling with this issue but refused to fix it in the days to come. My AMD 7970ghz gave me forty or more frames-per-second on everything maxed and with the AA at the second highest setting.
However, cranking that to the last-digit dropped my frame rate to around ten. This incidentally was being reported more by AMD users, but that didn’t mean Nvidia was in the clear.
Fast-forward to Assassin’s Creed: Unity and we see the same statements being passed. There’re only so many times that you can fool your customers and this time Ubisoft is not going to get away clean.
Yesterday, the studio updated its blog to list some of the issues they look to tackle in the upcoming patches.
- Frame Rate issues
- Arno falling through the ground
- Arno getting caught inside hay carts
- Delay in reaching the main menu screen at game start
- Graphical and collision issues
- Matchmaking/co-op issues (including crashes when joining co-op)
- Helix Credit purchase problems
- Uplay service outages
- Some Unite program rewards not redeemable
- Some Ubi-collectible codes appearing invalid
- Companion App issues
- Initiates service outages
There was no mention of how many patches will it take to stabilize the game. So should you purchase this game right now? Of course not. It’s better to wait it out until Ubisoft has cleaned up its mess.
Should you even purchase the game at all? I understand there are many fans of the franchise out there who are aching to try out the new installment.
However, as things stand, Ubisoft and other studios will continue to go for broken releases, false promises, and disregard consumers as human beings, until the community strikes back.
EA learned that with Battlefield 4 and hopefully, Ubisoft will with Assassin’s Creed: Unity.
In related news, Assassin’s Creed: Rogue is a great escape pod for you for the time being. The game runs better and looks better.