Assassin's Creed Unity is currently getting the review-bomb treatment on Steam - but this time it's a little different.
This week Ubisoft gave Unity away for free for a limited time following the devastating fire at the Notre-Dame de Paris, and donated half a million euros to the restoration effort.
Unity is of course set in Paris, 1789 amid the French Revolution, and features a virtual reconstruction of the famous medieval Catholic cathedral.
Ubisoft has announced that, following Monday's devastating fire which caused extensive damage to Notre-Dame cathedral, it will be donating €500,000 to Paris' reconstruction efforts. And as an additional gesture, Assassin's Creed Unity is currently free on PC.
Assassin's Creed Symphony, a live orchestral performance of the long-running series' best loved music is coming to London next October, Ubisoft has announced.
Ubisoft delved into the "perfect conditions for the perfect storm" behind 2014's Assassin's Creed Unity's launch issues.
Roughly two-thirds of the upcoming Assassin's Creed movie will be set in modern times.
Assassin's Creed developer Ubisoft is collaborating on a new game designed to treat amblyopia, the medical condition more commonly known as lazy eye.
Future Assassin's Creed games will include a greater focus on the series' modern day timeline than last year's Assassin's Creed Unity, Ubisoft has suggested.
Ubisoft has released a new Assassin's Creed Unity patch that unlocks the rewards previously tied to the game's companion app and Initiates web service.
The patch is available now on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and later today on PC.
Previously, players were required to download and play Unity's mobile/tablet app to unlock the blue chests that cover the main game's map.
Last year Ubisoft shipped a combined 10m copies of last year's Assassin's Creed: Unity and Assassin's Creed: Rogue.
Yet more Assassin's Creed Unity missions, weapons and gear are now available via the game's new Secrets of the Revolution DLC.
The Assassin's Creed: Unity story downloadable content Dead Kings launches next week.
The long-delayed Assassin's Creed film now has a new (and hopefully final) release date: 21st December 2016.
Assassin's Creed Unity has had a rocky time since its launch in late October. Despite a substantial day one patch on release and additional updates, the game continued to be plagued by performance issues, glitches and bugs. Our recent testing of the third patch - which promised frame-rate improvements - showed some very mild changes in the game's overall fluidity, but the results were largely inconclusive.
Last week, Ubisoft released a fourth patch designed specifically to tackle performance issues on consoles. Weighing in at a massive 6.5GB, the update includes what the developer refers to as a refurbishment of Paris, in addition to further bug fixes and frame-rate improvements. The good news is that performance is indeed a little better on both consoles, with PS4 particularly benefiting from the update. In particular, crowded scenes featuring hundreds of NPCs run a little more smoothly than before. While drops down to 20fps and the high teens still occur when the engine is heavily taxed, outside of these situations we see between a 2-5fps increase in performance in some scenes.
Overall, the results now more closely resemble the Xbox One game when the engine isn't fully taxed, and as such the controls feel more responsive, with less judder in the overall experiences. Running through the side streets of Paris, performance treads more closely to the target 30fps, though drops in frame-rate still appear on a regular basis. On the flipside, traversal across the beautifully rendered rooftops sees less pronounced increases in frame-rate, with performance remaining very similar to the game running with the last patch enabled. Ultimately, the latest update doesn't give us anything like the near-solid 30fps update that one would expect from a current-generation game, but definitely presents us with a welcome improvement - even though this is delivered rather inconsistently from scene to scene.
Those who bought the Assassin's Creed Unity season pass can now claim their free game from publisher Ubisoft.
UPDATE 17/12/2014 9am: Some Xbox One owners of Assassin's Creed: Unity are having to download a whopping 40GB instead of 6.7GB now the latest patch is out.
Ubisoft has confirmed reports that Xbox One owners who have previously applied patch three are seeing a 40GB download for patch four. This, the company said, has to do with an issue with the patch downloading process, which is replacing the entire game instead of just the parts affected by the patch.
In a statement on the Assassin's Creed: Unity live updates website, Ubisoft issued an apology.
This week, Ubisoft released a massive update to Assassin's Creed Unity, fixing an enormous range of bugs and promising higher frame-rates. Performance optimisations specifically noted were as follows:
Improved general frame-rate on PS4 by lowering the priority of the online services thread
Fixed FPS drops while Arno climbs on the RHP building of Palais de Justice
Assassin's Creed Unity didn't have the easiest of launches, with the game coming under fire from the community for the buggy state it shipped in, so publisher Ubisoft has decided to recompense players by making the upcoming Dead Kings DLC free.
Ubisoft has discovered the origins of Assassin's Creed Unity's creepy "no face" bug, images of which were circulated online upon the game's launch last week.
A former French minister and presidential candidate has attacked Assassin's Creed Unity for its portrayal of the French Revolution.
UPDATE 25/11/2014 11.54pm: Assassin's Creed: Unity's third patch will be out tomorrow on PS4 and later this week on Xbox One and PC, Ubisoft revealed in its forum where it lists every enhancement this update adds.
"Patch 3 includes over three hundred fixes designed to improve your Assassin's Creed Unity experience," community manager UbiJohkr noted. "While you might notice some improvements to framerate as a result of Patch 3, we still have a future patch planned to further address framerate concerns."
"The rollout itself will be staggered across platforms and will come to PlayStation 4 tomorrow (Wednesday November 26th) and continue on to PC and Xbox One later in the week (though not necessarily releasing on a daily basis)."
Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed: Unity has entered the UK sales chart in second place.
Activision's first-person shooter Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare held on to the top spot despite a 77 per cent fall in sales, according to official figures from Chart-Track. Unity missed out by 16,000 sales.
However, it seems Unity has done well. The PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game outsold the launch of last year's game, Assassin's Creed: 4: Black Flag, which originally debuted on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 to a significantly higher install base.
Ubisoft may have launched a live blog to keep players up to date with its upcoming patches, but the publisher has also addressed every known issue with the game on its official forums where it's posted workarounds for various glitches.
Assassin's Creed: Unity has launched in the UK and its micro-transaction prices are live, which means we're now able to investigate Ubisoft's new in-game purchasable currency to see how it works.
Embattled publisher Ubisoft has said it will provide early access to some of its future games following the controversial launch of Assassin's Creed: Unity.
Today the company took the unusual step of launching a live blog to chart its work fixing Assassin's Creed: Unity's plethora of launch bugs. Ubisoft's next patch will address a few common issues, such as main character Arno falling through the floor.
Ubisoft's online Uplay service has also suffered downtime, and the Assassin's Creed: Initiates service, which unlocks in-game content in Unity, is still currently broken for many fans.
Ubisoft has taken the unusual step of launching a live blog to chart its work fixing Assassin's Creed: Unity's plethora of launch bugs.
The site states that Ubisoft's next patch will address a few common issues, such as main character Arno falling through the floor.
Crashes when joining co-op sessions, delays in loading the main menu and a bug which sees Arno trapped inside hay carts are all set to be squashed.
Ubisoft has teased a mysterious new section of Assassin's Creed: Unity which appears to be set during World War 2.
Ubisoft has revealed both the minimum and recommended system requirements to run the PC version of Assassin's Creed: Unity.
Microsoft has announced an official Assassin's Creed: Unity Xbox One bundle, available both with and without Kinect.
Due to go on sale in North America on Sunday, 2nd November, and Europe on 4th November, the bundle will include digital download codes for both Assassin's Creed: Unity and last year's AC4: Black Flag.
The Kinect-free bundle costs £349/$399.
Ubisoft has again addressed Assassin's Creed: Unity's technical specs, which will be locked to 900p and 30fps on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
UPDATE 7/10/14 11.40am: Ubisoft has told Eurogamer that Assassin's Creed Unity's final technical specifications for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are actually still to be locked down.
Back in July Ubisoft sponsored a live-action Assassin's Creed trailer starring a group of professional parkour enthusiasts. Now, some fans at YouTube channel Mr.TVCow have made their own impressive live-action Assassin's Creed short with one small change: its assassins are cats.
Ubisoft has released a trailer showing off the extensive new customisation options available in Assassin's Creed: Unity.
Ubisoft has launched an online tour of Paris - narrated by actor Andy Serkis - to promote Assassin's Creed Unity.
Assassin's Creed Unity's Season Pass will contain two entirely new adventures: one an epilogue to the proper Unity campaign, while the other is a standalone 2.5D adventure.
The Assassin's Creed movie has been delayed, Twentieth Century Fox has revealed.
Ubisoft has shown off footage of the new co-op heist missions in Assassin's Creed Unity.
Assassin's Creed Unity has been delayed by two weeks. It will now launch on 13th November in Europe.
Gameplay footage of a new Assassin's Creed: Unity mode has been posted online, revealing a time-based platforming experience named Rifts.
"Study your surroundings and devise your own plan. I'm not here to hold your hand," says a character at the start of a new Assassin's Creed: Unity gameplay video.
This is a cheeky reference to the sort of scripted assassination missions we saw in the series' previous entries that Unity aims to get away from.
Creative director Alex Amancio explained in the new Gamescom walkthrough that "no linear paths or narrow level design are forced upon you." Instead, missions transpire in what Amancio calls a "black box" where it's up to the player to sort out their own method of taking a target down.
Ubisoft has defended the pace at which it releases Assassin's Creed games by stating that complaints about this year's two-game launch schedule come from only a "vocal minority" of players.
After catching a lot of heat for not having any playable female assassins in Assassin's Creed Unity, publisher Ubisoft has revealed a new female character named Elise.
In an effort to educate the public about the French Revolution leading up to the events in the upcoming Assassin's Creed: Unity, publisher Ubisoft decided there was one man who could tell this tale in a way that would be entertaining and informative: Rob Zombie.
Assassin's Creed publisher Ubisoft now employs a chief parkour officer to oversee new entries in the series.
The Assassin's Creed series' lead developer, Ubisoft's Montreal Studio, is handing the franchise reins to the publisher's Quebec studio, at least for one game.
Sunset Overdrive developer Insomniac Games has had a playful dig at Ubisoft over Assassin's Creed: Unity's lack of female characters.
Ubisoft was "inches away" from including female co-op characters in Far Cry 4, the publisher has said.
UPDATE: A petition has sprung up in response to there not being a female playable character option in Assassin's Creed Unity. It also questions the game's lack of varied ethnicity. It has over 2500 signatures so far.
UPDATE 11/06 06:20 BST: Unity creative director Alex Amancio has attempted to defuse the situation by explaining that the other characters you see in Unity co-op were never meant to be avatars.
Assassin's Creed: Unity will launch worldwide on 28th October, Ubisoft has announced.
A new slice of live gameplay shown off during the publisher's E3 conference revealed more of the game's redesigned open world, which allows you to pick up multiple quests at once, including side-missions.
Free-running seems more fluid, though combat appears much the same. The game is running on a noticeably more powerful engine however, designed for next-gen consoles and PC, which allows a huge number of on-screen NPCs to be shown at once.
Assassin's Creed: Unity will support four-player online co-op play for the first time in the franchise, Ubisoft has just confirmed.
Assassin's Creed: Unity has four-player co-op, a new banner shown at E3 suggests.
Ubisoft has extended its partnership with graphics company Nvidia to cover all of its major upcoming releases.
Ubisoft has said it will continue to support the Assassin's Creed franchise on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, despite the recently-announced Assassin's Creed: Unity only being headed to PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Ubisoft writer Jeffrey Yohalem has revealed that the French Revolution setting of the upcoming Assassin's Creed: Unity was teased as far back as 2010's Assassin's Creed Brotherhood.
Ubisoft has confirmed the recently-leaked Assassin's Creed: Unity with a short teaser of stunning in-game footage.
As expected Unity will be released during "holiday 2014", just for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It's been in development for "more than three years", Ubisoft said.
The trailer confirms the game's Parisian setting during the French revolution, and the black-cloaked Assassin spotted in leaked screenshots earlier this week.
A new report suggests that there will be two Assassin's Creed games this year, with one coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and set during the time of the French Revolution.