Assassin's Creed: Unity News

Assassin's Creed Unity patch removes need to play companion app

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.

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Latest Assassin's Creed Unity patch boosts performance

Digital FoundryLatest Assassin's Creed Unity patch boosts performance

Biggest gains on PS4 - but Xbox One benefits too.

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.

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Ubisoft delays Assassin's Creed: Unity's next major patch

Ubisoft delays Assassin's Creed: Unity's next major patch

UPDATE: Some Xbox One owners asked to download 40GB instead of 6.7GB.

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.

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Assassin's Creed Unity patch analysed

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

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Assassin's Creed Unity's Dead Kings DLC will now be free

Season Pass owners get a free Ubisoft game instead.

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 details third major Assassin's Creed Unity patch

Ubisoft details third major Assassin's Creed Unity patch

UPDATE: Due tomorrow on PS4, this week on Xbox One and PC.

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)."

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Assassin's Creed: Unity launch beats Black Flag's in UK chart

Assassin's Creed: Unity launch beats Black Flag's in UK chart

Halo: The Master Chief Collection in at three.

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.

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Assassin's Creed: Unity launch debacle sparks Ubisoft rethink

Assassin's Creed: Unity launch debacle sparks Ubisoft rethink

Will change the way it works with reviewers and gamers.

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.

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Ubisoft launches Assassin's Creed: Unity live blog as devs battle bugs

Ubisoft launches Assassin's Creed: Unity live blog as devs battle bugs

Next update to fix Arno falling through the floor.

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.

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Xbox One Assassin's Creed: Unity bundles announced

Xbox One Assassin's Creed: Unity bundles announced

With/without Kinect for 399/349.

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.

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Watch Assassin's Creed recreated with cats

They always land on their feet.

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.

Watch 11 minutes of new Assassin's Creed: Unity gameplay

Watch 11 minutes of new Assassin's Creed: Unity gameplay

"No linear paths or narrow level design are forced upon you."

"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.

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Watch Rob Zombie's animated Assassin's Creed short film

Illustrated by The Walking Dead's Tony Moore.

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: Unity release date set for October

Assassin's Creed: Unity release date set for October

New gameplay, Season Pass and Collector's Edition revealed.

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.

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Assassin's Creed: Unity confirmed by Ubisoft with in-game footage

Assassin's Creed: Unity confirmed by Ubisoft with in-game footage

In development for "more than three years".

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.

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