Assassin's Creed Unity Will Offer Preorder DLC Like Its Predecessors

A retailer is reportedly advertising a DLC mission as a preorder bonus.

Much like its predecessors, Assassin's Creed Unity will offer downloadable content, some of which will be available as a preorder bonus.

An image shared by AccessTheAnimus (via CVG) reportedly shows a retailer's preorder offers for Unity, including an exclusive "Chemical Revolution" mission. This is the first we've heard of such a mission or any of the game's DLC, although--particulars aside--it should come as no surprise that DLC will be dangled in front of gamers as a preorder incentive.

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If past Assassin's Creed games are any indication, this won't be the only preorder bonus out there. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, for instance, offered up at least five different DLC bonuses depending upon where you decided to preorder. If there does prove to be Unity DLC other than Chemical Revolution offered by various retailers, you can likely expect all of it to eventually be sold as premium DLC at some point following the game's release.

Unity was announced back in March following a series of leaks. It's set during the French Revolution and is rumored to include a four-player co-op mode. The game is being worked on by a whopping 10 studios and will be seen along with Ubisoft's other games (including Far Cry 4) at E3 next week.

The new Assassin's Creed has, thus far, only been announced for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. It would be the first time a core game in the series wasn't released on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but it doesn't appear that those systems will have go without an AC game altogether, if comments made by Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot are any indication. It was previously rumored that the systems would get their own game called Assassin's Creed Comet that would put players in the role of a Templar.

Do preorder bonuses like this have any influence on your decision where you preorder (or whether you do so at all)? Let us know in the comments below.

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84 comments
Foppe
Foppe

Butchered Day 1 DLC.

DarkenTiger
DarkenTiger

I'm a fan of the series and I've gotten pre-order bonus, but cause they are now only available on New Gen console, I don't have a new gen console, so means I have to miss this or just get it on PC. Not overly happy about it, but that live I guess

seanwil545
seanwil545

The last two games I considered pre-ordering were Tinfall and Watch Dogs, both for PC.

I held off on both and it has proven to be a good call, both for different reasons.

isshiah
isshiah

Hey, gamespot, I hear the next call of duty will have multiplayer!

mrsponge678
mrsponge678

I don't care if I get something for pre ordering or not. I don't see a problem with pre-ordering. If your excited for a game and you know you will want to play it on day 1, why not pre-order to reserve a copy just incase? No harm done.

cratecruncher
cratecruncher

I haven't played AC before but if I were a fan I'd feel manipulated by this nonsense.  If you believe in your game you shouldn't have to bribe fans with carved out gameplay as an incentive to buy the game before other people have played and formed an opinion on it.

lunchbox2042
lunchbox2042

And I still won't buy it just like the previous games.

Evil_Sidekick
Evil_Sidekick

If gamers grew a brain and stop pre-ordering games, this would have stopped long ago.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Looks like another DLC battle between where to pre-order this game.

kik4444
kik4444

And this is news-worthy because.....?

SoulScribe
SoulScribe

We know this. They will also have more dlc and half ass optimization for the PC like they always do. What's new?

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

Why is this BS series still around?

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

Pre-order bonuses are one thing (of which I'm not thrilled, especially when they never release them as DLC to the general public).  But when they have different pre-order DLC for different retailers, that's just crap!  And gives one even less incentive to pre-order, since you know it will all come out later as DLC available to everyone anyway, they wouldn't let all that content go to waste.

demondogx
demondogx

I wouldent be suprised if Ubisoft announces Watchdogs 2 for next year at e3

Trickymaster
Trickymaster

Preorder DLC is the rudest thing ever. Especially if it's already on the disc and all the DLC does is unlock it.

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

Their open world formula is starting to get very old quite like Activision's Military fps formula.They better announce Rainbow Six Patriots at E3.

beuneus12
beuneus12

good thing I ain't getting this game, so no need to worry bout where to buy what..

DoubleclickTF
DoubleclickTF

This isn't worth getting upset about. There never has been a good store/platform-specific DLC and there never will be. They're always time fillers that don't add anything essential to the game, or some kind of in-game item that's unnecessary. 


On the day that one of these companies puts something genuinely good into an exclusive, then it'll be time to complain. Maybe. 

xolivierx
xolivierx

man, is the gaming community getting boring. Most news are about Battlefield, COD, Assassin Creed, watch dogs, Halo and other boring games as such

Fursnake
Fursnake

Pre-order DLC, a more deliberate money grab there is not. I don't even see myself bothering with the next AC game; if it doesn't have a gameplay mechanic comparable to the naval aspects of AC4, I doubt I will be interested.

redskins26rocs
redskins26rocs

You know I personally hate Ubisoft more than EA. At least EA knows how to attract PC gamers with freebies and Origin has been improving meanwhile, Ubi releases games on Steam and then makes you use their stupid service that is still the same piece of garbage it was a year ago to play the game. Too bad they both love preorder DLC and milking franchises and casualizing them

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

Am I interested in the new Assassins Creed? Yes.... Am I going to buy the new Assassins Creed? Most likely... Do I care about this DLC? Absolutely not.. It frustrates me that the gaming industry as succumb to this.. Console exclusive content, pre-order DLC, GameStop exclusive content - you name it, it all has to stop... It's not fair that a game is shredded into pieces simply for other organisations to gain an extra buck.. Most times these days, you can never have a finished game.. It's near impossible.. Take something like AC.. It will have exclusive content on the PS4 (as all Ubi games do now) and extra missions with GameStop.. This means an Xbox gamer who purchases it elsewhere is missing out on a huge chunk of the game before they even insert the disc.. It's stupid and needs to stop

shingui5
shingui5

I just don't understand how people can fall for this crap.  I mean, they don't even know if the game is any good, or even if ti works, and yet they pre-order in the thousands.

Fools and their money are soon parted, i guess. 

blackothh
blackothh

ARGHA!!!!! DLC is like a swear word!


And I will never Pre-order a game from an even remotely large publisher. It allows them to get paid for crappy games before we even know they are crappy.

tomservo51
tomservo51

Ubisoft should change their name to MilkySoft.

pound-u
pound-u

@mrsponge678  Maybe if it is some rare game that's getting a limited run. Otherwise, there is no point. It's not like you won't be able to walk into the story on release day and find a copy. Store shelves will be loaded with this game.

dani_i89
dani_i89

@tableofjapan  Whilst I'm against pirating, knowing that the devs have planned paid single player DLC well before release just makes me sick.

LordCrash88
LordCrash88

@Trickymaster Usually you can buy a special edition with all the DLC included. In the end you just have to pay more. See it that way: EA games and Activision games cost 10 or even 20 bucks more than Ubisoft games for the standard version.... ;)

shingui5
shingui5

@Trickymaster

I have no real problems with DLC, in principle, but DLC that is obviously ready before the games release trouble me. I mean, if the content is done before the release of the game, there isn't any excuse for it to not be apart of the game. 

LordCrash88
LordCrash88

@gamefreak215jd Agreed. They have to abandon that pointless and boring open world formula. It's just bad game design...

mrsponge678
mrsponge678

Thanks for your opinion, I'll be sure to ignore it completely.

kcswanko
kcswanko

@DoubleclickTF agreed the whole 60 mins of extra on the AC4 PS4 version was crap, not even worth it. I have yet to get any prerelease DLC that has been anything worth it. 

LordCrash88
LordCrash88

@redskins26rocs That makes little to no sense.

1) EA wants more money from you for the basic version of the game.
2) EA wants more money from you for DLCs.
3) There is almost never a big price cut for DLCs of EA games in the first one or two years.
4) Origin is in no way better than Uplay.

EA gave us two games for free, sure. But they were years old. You can buy most of Ubisoft's older games for less than 10 bucks and there are sales regularly. EA games or Activision games are almost never offered for less than 10 bucks in the first few years after release, you know...

blackothh
blackothh

@redskins26rocs I just skip ubisoft games, the frustration is not worth it even for the best game in the world (which they are far from) and besides they had the gall destroy my favorite game series of all time (heroes of might and magic)

LordCrash88
LordCrash88

@blackothh So you would preorder a game from a small publishers to pay them for crappy games in advance?

If you think the game is crappy after all you will never buy it. Not now, not at release, not two years later. I don't know why DLC should change that...

Evil_Sidekick
Evil_Sidekick

@shoguntake That's irrelevant. I always fail to understand why people pre-order in the first place. IT's not like the game will stop selling the moment all copies are sold.

mrsponge678
mrsponge678

Don't you want a little more freedom than call of duty style missions all the time? At least we have a choice to play at our own pace in open world games, plus, there's far more things to do.

blackothh
blackothh

@LordCrash88 @blackothh When I used to see EA Ubisoft or Activision on a game like 6+ years ago, I got excited because the games usually were awesome. Now all you get is an overhyped un-spectacular game because the companys were taken over by suits and the stock market, quality went out the window to make quaterly reports to stock holders who equally dont have a clue about making games besides taking a used to be good series and turning it into flashy flashy boom boom with DLC DLC DLC.

yep, I let youtube lets-plays be my reviews, if I like what I see I buy


The little guys that make games that spark my interest are the ones I dont mind pre ordering (kickstarting), because they usually cost between $10 and $20 and have had very little in the way of disappointments of games that have interested me. Since they are usually making a game for the love of gaming, and usually not to get rich quick. So untill that decision burns me, then thats the way im going to do it.