Even though the occasion isn't exactly a merry one, Ubisoft can finally have every reason to be proud of Assassin's Creed: Unity, whose review scores on Steam are improving by the minute. And it sure seems like a good way to thank a dev.
Funnily enough, we've gotten used to review bombing as a means of public dissent, but we don't really have a word for the opposite - that's how rarely it happens.
Nevertheless, seeing Assassin's Creed: Unity get a new lease of life brought a smile to our face, for more than one reason.
First and foremost, Ubisoft's decision to donate $565,000 for the reconstruction of Notre Dame is a shining example of game developers being a force of good in the world.
The decision was a brilliant PR move as well, and with Assassin's Creed: Unity now doing better than ever, it seems that there are win-wins all around.
Ubisoft haven't released any official numbers yet, but they were forced to increase Assassin's Creed: Unity's server capacity, which wasn't quite ready for the sudden surge in popularity.
Assassin's Creed: Unity being given away for free was always going to cause a traffic spike, but the dev wasn't prepared for a bunch of older players coming back for some sightseeing and whatnot. Which they did, en masse, as the reviews will quickly show.
For what it's worth, Ubisoft seem to have fixed a ton of bugs and glitches that plagued Assassin's Creed: Unity in the past, but don't expect a flawless gaming experience. Not perfect, but not Bethesda either.
Now, we're not trying to be mean here, because for all its flaws, we had fun with Assassin's Creed: Unity, and it's still one of the prettiest games we've laid our eyes on. I mean seriously, look at this.
Not all reviews are positive though, as some players rushed to point out that Assassin's Creed: Unity is as buggy as ever. Many seem to be frustrated with the controls of old too, but let's just put things into perspective here.
Firstly, games should be analysed in the context of the period they launched in and AC:U is close to being five years old. More importantly though, go back to Assassin's Creed: Odyssey and tell us what you think now.
You can find Assassin's Creed: Odyssey's Steam page here.