Saturday, December 27, 2014

Ubisoft offers free game to appease AC Unity buyers (with a big "catch")

To try and appease customers that had to endure lousy performance and numerous bug in the latest Assassin's Creed Unity game, Ubisoft has decided to offer them a free game. A nice gesture... or so it would be if it wasn't being done as a surreptitious way to cover their own ass.

Game studios seem to be more focused in drying up their customers' wallets as quickly as possible, rather than actually doing their job. Games are "pre-sold" nearly years in advance, and when they finally launch (usually after several delays) you're required to download several gigabytes of a "day zero" patch/update before you can play, and even then you're highly likely to face several bugs.

Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Unity was one such example, and to try and make up for it, Ubisoft decided to offer some free games, including the recent Far Cry 4, The Crew, among others. The thing is, this gesture that would really be a small step to get to terms with gamers, is nothing more but one more trick that reminds gamers that game studios really don't deserve to be trusted. In this case, if you want that free game from Ubisoft, then you'll automatically waive your right up sue them for Assassin's Creed launch issues.

I just wonder if we'll have to wait much to see Ubisoft sued for trying to prevent being sued using such methods.

As for games... I feel like we've really gone from something that was intended to be fun to something like this following video shows: how would Pac Man be if it was released today.

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