So, about that Assassin's Creed Ezio Collection glitch video

Ubisoft responds.

Ubisoft has responded to a viral video doing the rounds earlier this week which showed off the Assassin's Creed Ezio Collection in a pretty poor light.

The video, made by Polygon, showcased glitchy climbing mechanics and a horrendous background NPC face. It wasn't a good look for a current-gen re-release of a seven-year-old game.

What happened next? Well, the video went viral, and the general online commentary seemed to be that Ubisoft had messed up yet another Assassin's Creed game launch.

So far, so unexpected. But step up YouTuber SupJamChan, who took a quick look at the video and realised there was plenty it didn't explain.

For example - that climbing glitch? It can occur infrequently in any of the last-gen Assassin's Creed games. Should Ubisoft have done another round of bug fixing before launching AC2, Brotherhood and Revelations again? Probably. But if the studio couldn't track down the issue at the time it's not exactly surprising it still exists.

More to the point, the original video made out like it was a new bug Ubisoft had introduced - which isn't accurate.

And then there's that guy.

'You may remember me from such viral videos as that one you watched this week.'

Well, it turns out he's in the original Assassin's Creed 2 as well. The original game is darker so he's harder to spot, but he's one of the various NPC models which can appear in that crowd model.

It's possible and indeed likely you'll play this scene and never see him.

In the wake of the video, Ubisoft has now offered its own take:

"The NPC in question only appears in Sequence 1, Memory 1 in Assassin's Creed 2 and is randomly generated, appearing infrequently," a spokesperson told Eurogamer. "The graphics issue does not affect the core gameplay of Assassin's Creed The Ezio Collection.

"Overall, Assassin's Creed The Ezio Collection has been well-received by fans and newcomers to the franchise alike. Here at Ubisoft, we've been happy to read all the great feedback from gamers as they've stepped back in time to relive the adventures of our beloved Ezio."

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