Start selling from Assassin’s Creed Syndicate were hit by the bug-ridden and poorly received Assassin’s Creed Unity, according to Ubisoft CEO Alain Martinez. Speaking to investors last night, Martinez explained that the series had seen a noticeable dip in week one sales compared to last year.
“Obviously in our first week we were affected by what happened to us Assassin’s Creed Unity,” he said.
Following the release of Unit, a series of bugs and user complaints ranging from irritating glitches to groundbreaking bugs like characters falling through the ground, or co-op sessions crashing the game, were heard loudly on the internet. Most famously, the PC version suffered from some hilariously horrific character model bugs, photos of which quickly spread across the internet.
Despite the drop in sales in week one, Ubisoft chief Yves Guillemot took note Syndicate can still be true Unit in total sales. “We seem to be experiencing the same sales curve as [Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag]’, he said. ‘Opposite Unit, Syndicate fell in its first week, but outperformed it in its second week as it benefited from positive word of mouth.”
Unfortunately, Guillemot did not disclose whether the combined fortnightly sales of Syndicate were still lower than those of Unit Over the same period. Given the more positive reception Syndicate received, sales are likely to pick up during the holiday season.
Hopefully selling Syndicate do not pick up at however a lot. The annual push to release a new one Assassin’s Creed game is starting to take its toll on the franchise, which has gone stale since the release of Black flag. While there is no doubt about that Syndicate was already in production prior to the release of Unit, there’s hope that the latter’s poor reception may have given Ubisoft the nudge it needs to give the franchise a break.