The release of Assassin's Creed Unity was shrouded in controversy. The game looked sensational before it was released, and I was actually looking forward to an AC game for the first time in a long while. But then of course, we saw those "Where is IGN's Assassin's Creed Unity Review?" posts, and we felt that something was up.
Far Cry 4 had a normal release, so why was Ubisoft acting so strangely with AC Unity? Well, we found out when we received the rushed, buggy mess on our PS4 and Xbox One consoles. Ubisoft pushed the embargo on their review to a time that was actually after the release of the game. This clearly illuminated how they felt about the game in comparison with Far Cry 4, and we want to make sure this never happens again.
Tom Clancy's The Division
Since the AC Unity fiasco, the likes of Kotaku, have said that they will never review a game again that a studio has set a post-release review embargo on, and I don't blame them. It's a manipulative method which is used to disguise the issues in a game so that those who've preordered or were going out to get the game that morning aren't filled with doubt after poor reviews.
Hell, if I was anyway interested in the game, I would have cancelled my preorder after the news that was circulating about Ubisoft's handling of the situation. I mean Far Cry 4 had a normal release, and we know why! The game was a lot of fun and Ubisoft were happy with their product. So it seems that from the outset of AC Unity's release, The Division can learn a lot of things from this game!
Naturally, Ubisoft need to take their time with this game. AC Unity was rushed so that it could be released on time for the holiday season, therefore the countless glitches that we've seen could be found anywhere in the game. Check out this article here to see how funny some of them really were - Assassin's Creed Unity!
With an MMO, glitches like the ones we see above can break the game altogether. In order to have a complete online experience, we need to be clear from anything that could affect the fluidity of the game.
Story & Gameplay
The story needs originality, we crave it at this stage. Assassin's Creed Unity had the same story that we see in almost every game since the beginning of the franchise. Boy's father dies, he finds out he's an Assassin and he takes his place. Oh the excitement.
The Division has a lot going for it due to the fact that the game is one of the only MMOs set in modern day, and its collapse-of-America setting is really intriguing! If Ubisoft can fill this world with enough authenticity and intrigue, we may have one of their best stories in a while. Though I've never been a big fan of their tales, though Child of Light was glorious.
In terms of gameplay, The Division already has my full attention. Its combination of PvP and PvE in a massive online environment is highly intriguing, it's already winning over Destiny in my opinion. If it doesn't feel like a grinding experience from top to bottom, we may actually have a title that feels great to play. My expectations are highest in the gameplay department!
As long as it stays away from Assassin's Creed Unity's repetitive mode of navigation and boring side quests, I think it'll be alright. Ubisoft need more variety in their side quests, even Watch Dogs had its issues.
Two words: NO DOWNGRADING! If we get a repeat of Watch Dogs with The Division and see that there is quite a significant drop on the PS4 and Xbox One, fans are really going to lose an insane amount of respect for Ubisoft. They need to protect their fan base.
Keep The Division looking as great as it has at every reveal of gameplay so far and you'll be fine, because the game looks stunning! Assassin's Creed Unity was a beautiful looking game, that much is certain and the level of detail was sublime! If they can do this with Manhattan we'll love it, just make the game actually run Ubisoft.
Anything else you'd like The Division to feature? Let us know in the comments!