Assassin's Creed Unity Free Game Offer Waives Lawsuits

Fine print states that accepting free game means you can't be part of a lawsuit against Ubisoft over the game's rocky launch.

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Ubisoft's free game offer that serves as an apology for Assassin's Creed Unity's launch troubles comes with one major stipulation. Those who claim a free game, according to the fine print, are agreeing to never sue Ubisoft over Unity's woes or the now-diminished value of the game's DLC pass.

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Game Informer spotted the important legal terms, which you can read in full at the bottom of this post. To sum up briefly, it says that by accepting the free game, you're waiving the right to sue Ubisoft or any of its divisions, either through a solo lawsuit or as part of a class-action legal battle.

This kind of measure is not uncommon in gaming. In fact, Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and Steam all have similar legal terms in place that block class-action suits.

Unity's launch in November was marred by a long list of technical troubles, most of which, however, have since been fixed through subsequent patches. Just before Thanksgiving, Ubisoft announced the free game offer, allowing anyone who bought the game's DLC pass to choose a free game from a list that includes some pretty great games.

If you didn't buy the DLC pass (and it's since been removed from sale), you're still getting free content in the form of the Dead Kings expansion. This was originally supposed to be included with Unity's DLC pass, which explains why it's also mentioned in the lawsuit waiver terms below. Ubisoft has not yet set a release date for the Dead kings expansion, but when it's released, everyone will get it free.

You hereby irrevocably and unconditionally RELEASE, WAIVE, AND FOREVER DISCHARGE AND COVENANT NOT TO SUE Ubisoft Entertainment S.A., and each of its past, present and future divisions, parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, predecessors, successors and assigns, together with all of their respective past, present and future employees, officers, shareholders, directors and agents, and those who give recommendations, directions, or instructions or engage in risk evaluation or loss control activities regarding the Campaign (all for the purposes herein referred to as “Released Parties”) FROM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY TO YOU, your assigns, heirs, and next of kin FOR ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, DEMANDS, CHARGES, LAWSUITS, DEBTS, DEFENSES, ACTIONS OR CAUSES OF ACTION, OBLIGATIONS, DAMAGES, LOSS OF SERVICE, COMPENSATION, PAIN AND SUFFERING, ATTORNEYS’ FEES, AND COST AND EXPENSES OF SUIT, KNOWN OR UNKNOWN, SUSPECTED OR UNSUSPECTED, ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THE PURCHASE, ACQUISITION, RENTAL, POSSESSION AND/OR USAGE, AND/OR THE INTENT TO PURCHASE, ACQUIRE, RENT, POSSESS AND/OR USE, THE ASSASSIN’S CREED UNITY VIDEO GAME AND/OR THE ASSASSIN’S CREED UNITY SEASON PASS ON ANY AND ALL PLATFORMS, AND/OR RELATED TO THE CAMPAIGN, WHETHER CAUSED BY THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASED PARTIES OR OTHERWISE.

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