Assassin’s Creed Unity’s Problems Probably Could Have Been Avoided

Assassin's Creed Unity characters

If you’re planning to buy every marquee video game this holiday season, good for you. Clearly you must have a job that pays well enough to afford the dozens of appealing games. Also, you must have plenty of free time, because the amount of games I’d like to play right now is staggering.

November is always an incredibly busy month for the video game industry. The holiday season is definitely a powerful force, but it would be nice if publishers would delay some of their games so our wallets could breathe a little, and we could spend some time with friends and family.

If we could delay to, say, March publishers would have more time to polish, fix bugs, and optimize their games. It would also ensure that the game’s release would still appear on a publisher’s yearly reports; the next fiscal year doesn’t begin until the end of March, which is why some AAA games get pushed back from the holiday window to the springtime (Watch Dogs, for example).

Do you know what game could have really benefited from such a delay? Assassin’s Creed Unity. The game’s performance is complete shit. The 360/PS3-only release Assassin’s Creed Rogue currently has a better Metacritic score (yes, we know that it currently has a whopping 4 reviews), and the game’s troubling and downright atrocious embargo restrictions are a huge black eye for Ubisoft. When press can’t talk about a game until 12 hours after it’s launched, something is horribly wrong.

Assassin's Creed: Unity

The biggest issue that Assassin’s Creed Unity faces, though, is competition. Why would you want to play a game that’s being panned by critics and gamers when you have so many other choices? There’s Dragon Age: InquisitionHalo: The Master Chief CollectionSunset OverdriveLittle Big Planet 3Super Smash Bros.Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby. These, along with countless others, headline the list of Holiday 2014 blockbusters. There are also plenty of indie titles that you can catch up on.

So, again, why not give Unity a little extra time in the oven? Why not deliver the best Assassin’s Creed experience possible? I guess ensuring that we get an annual Assassin’s Creed release is just too important for Ubisoft.