It would be a massive understatement to say that Assassin's Creed Unity under-performed last month, and has continued to be in the recovering phase of its post-launch process. Several patches and updates have been released by Ubisoft, which implemented fixes to improve overall performance and remove bugs, like the one that makes faces disappear. When the developer/publisher last discussed the upcoming update - the fourth patch, in fact - it said that most of the remaining fixes would be dealt with.
To those that bought the game at launch and were unable to fully enjoy the game, this can only be seen as good news. Or more good news since Unity players are also getting free games and DLC.
Fortunately, the wait for patch 4 won't be a long one, as Ubisoft revealed on its Live Updates community page that the patch is set to release on December 15 for all platforms. Come Monday, players may finally be able to get back to spending time with Arno or their fellow co-op assassins.
"We expect that Patch 4 will be released next week on Monday, December 15 across all platforms. This patch will address issues with stability and performance as well as online matchmaking and connectivity (among other fixes and improvements)."
Down in the comments, Ubisoft partially reassured that the coming fixes will "help meet peoples expectations," while neglecting to specify how. The specifics about the contents of the patch and what it aims to fix won't be completely known until a detailed list is posted the day of the patch's release.
A bit of a curious move, since last week a small list of 'top priority issues' revealed that the dev seeks to resolve game crashing, companion app problems, and Error CE-34878-0. That particular error has become quite the nuisance to PS4 player who have experienced game freezes and crashes after loading their save. Perhaps the company doesn't want people to see what fixes are/aren't coming, and suffer more backlash from unhappy gamers? Only time will tell.
Its been a little over a month since Unity debuted and introduced its problems to the world. After what will be four patches, it would be incredibly unfortunate if some people still ran into game breaking bugs. Hopefully, after the 15th, we can all move on to another game.
Assassin's Creed Unity is out now for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Details regarding the free games will come at a later, currently unknown, date.