Assassin’s Creed 3 rushed release claims after patch

By Alan Ng - Oct 31, 2012

Assassin’s Creed 3 is now available to buy and judging by the review scores that have now gone out, it is well worth your time and effort to pick up the game at the first opportunity. However, there’s some early criticism too as Ubisoft has detailed a rather lengthy day-one patch, leading some to question whether the game had been rushed out to meet a deadline or not.

It was only days ago that we told you of the very same situation for EA’s Medal of Honor: Warfighter game, which is still getting battered all over the place with the general consensus believing that the game just isn’t that good. Assassin’s Creed 3 is a totally different ball game though as you know and we’ve already spotted a few perfect review scores from the likes of G4 and the Official Xbox Magazine.

Just like Warfighter though, Ubisoft has had to issue a sizable patch for the game on day one and we’re hearing that gamers are highly recommended to download the update as soon as they log into the game next. There’s almost 50 changes to read through, split up between bug fixes, crashing fixes, problems with side quests and issues related to the naval missions in campaign mode.

One such bug fix reads ‘Player could remain stuck if he exits a slopped hay stack at a certain angle’, which does pose the question on why this sort of glaring error hadn’t been spotted by Ubisoft during the development process. There’s another which states ‘Fixed various occurrences of missing sounds’ – leading us to scratch our heads on why Ubisoft’s sound department do not take care of potential sound losses before releasing the game..

If we remember correctly, the day one patch for Medal of Honor Warfighter also mentions various sound crash fixes, and there is still a constant sound issue in Battlefield 3 when playing online – just ask any seasoned player how irritating that is online. You can read through the list of day one Assassin’s Creed 3 fixes for yourself and then let us know if you think this is a big issue or not.

Are games simply not being tested enough before they release? We all know what has happened with the PS3 version of Skyrim and with the exact same thing happening to Medal of Honor: Warfighter, is there a slight element of laziness beginning to creep in? Or is it simply down to the fact that Ubisoft knew about the problems, but had to get the game out on Tuesday no matter what to keep EA happy? Give us your thoughts on this.

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  • I think that games like AC which are pretty much what keeps an entire company running are being released immediately when the studios make the mistake to inform the suitmen that “hey, its ready”.

    Unfortunately that means that there is no time to get the game actually tested. Furthermore, In the case of the spoiler-full AC III game, I can understand why no testing teams might not be hired since leaks are a common occurence. If just one tester spilled the beans about what happens in the end of the game then the whole franchise would suffer by going back to production phase, trying to create another ending from scratch.

    Moreover there is the fact that the game is created for all platforms now. That takes time and an immense ammount of work to get it done. One thing though: Games are made in a PC whether console fans like it or not. So stop bitching about the bugs and be grateful to the gods of videogames that we live in such a beautiful time in the history of technology to have such wonderful simulated worlds to mess with. Wait for the patches you ungrateful game haters!

    I haven’t played AC III yet cause I wait for my PC Freedom Edition. Still I know I will have much more fun playing it instead of dragging it through a crappy console version. Why?

    1) Because I like things in full HD, the way they were meant to be played

    2) Because the PC patches are so much more dependable than console patches

    3) Because it is cheaper

  • Llama

    They had to meet a deadline, and I can respect them for meeting it. At least they released a day 1 patch so it will not cause too many problems.

  • Angelus hope

    It should be Ubisoft that decide when theyre game hits shelves. not the other way around. These days its money money money and developers like Ubisoft suffer on theyre quality for it.

    • Yogs

      Ubisoft is the publisher and the developer.