Le grandiose comploter: Assassin’s Greed. (How Assassin’s Creed Unity stole your money)

The media loves a villain.

In the video-game world we’ve had a few recently: EA, Microsoft, The Wii U, Call of Duty, Battlefield, Madden, Phil Fish, etc.

Now it would appear that Ubisoft and the Assassin’s Creed franchise have joined the ranks of the damned.

When the internet galvanized against the game this week, fanboy’s everywhere cried out, “WHY!” and immediately rushed to the game’s defense. I’ve bantered back and forth with a few of these types. The argument is typical, Let’s forgive them. It’s only a game. But it’s not. Ubisoft has tried to slip rushed games, chock full of glitches and underwhelming performance issues for the better part of the last few years. How quickly we forget the Farcrys and Watchdogs of the world, eh? But fans being fans will purchase this game…and the next, and the next, and so on and so forth. Nevermind the fact the warning signs were all there on this one: A 12 hour media embargo prior to the game’s release. More of a focus on a co-op type of game, restricting my much cherished single player experience. Ah, and the death-note for game’s today. BULLSHIT MICRO-TRANSACTIONS.

After the backlash that followed in the release of Assassin’s Creed Unity, Ubisoft DID issue a statement regarding the game’s unforgiveable graphical glitches, framerate issues, and general performance malaise. Basically it said, “We fucked up. We fucked you over and stole your money. We’ll fix the stuff we should have before we released this game. Get off our backs.” No apology for releasing an unfinished game. As for the media embargo, I call your bluff Ubisoft. You can justify the embargo all you want by saying it was because of the online content, but really…you knew the game was broken. Just be transparent. The gaming community in general has more respect for a company that takes it’s time to release a solid product rather than a rushed cash grab. Even if you had planned to release a broken product a simple disclaimer would suffice. Something along the lines of the following, “Assassin’s Creed Unity is currently a work in progress. Report any and all glitches to us and we’ll do our best to fix the game in a timely manner. We appreciate you for supporting us on this project, and all future endevours.” Instead we got this reticent manner of conducting business with Ubisoft. Those of you that shook hands with The Devil, sorry you got duped. Ubisoft would be wise to learn from this lesson and deliver on promises instead of breaking them just to meet a quarterly number. The tarnish on Ubisoft’s reputation this year alone is going to put someone out of a job, and I guarentee whoever is writing the checks doesn’t give a shit, nor will they suffer the consequences to any great degree. They are more than likely packing an overnight bag and catching the first flight out of town.

So what can we learn from this guys and gals?

I think it’s safe to say that more and more we are learning not to believe the hype and that no matter the budget, no matter how amazing that E3 presentation was, no matter the promises, AAA titles have become a predator as of late and have started and settled into an unsettling trend: It’s ok to be lackluster.

You know what? It’s not ok. When a game’s budget has millions upon millions of dollars, years of development time (and fan expectations), and hundreds if not thousands involved in it’s inception to conception to it’s final delivery, it’s pretty fucking far from ok. AAA titles should NEVER have game breaking glitches in them, no game should. I also won’t even get started on the INSANE amount of bullshit micro-transactions associated with this already priced at $60 title, that’s a separate rant altogether.

So, what does all this tell us, the consumer?
It tells US as consumers that you (Ubisoft) truly don’t respect the brand or the people who support your product, and in this case the only thing you have brought to us is a new title, “Assassin’s Greed.”

-Tomb

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Greetings Earthlings! I review films, comics, and video games. I make stupid videos. To reach me please email: tjxflaherty@gmail.com

30 Comments on "Le grandiose comploter: Assassin’s Greed. (How Assassin’s Creed Unity stole your money)"

  1. Matthew Gore November 16, 2014 at 8:35 PM -

    good article tomb

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