We're at that special time of the news day where I have to pretend I know anything about the stock market; Ubisoft’s stock was down by 9.12% yesterday, on the same day that Assassin's Creed: Unity launched in the US.
The company's stock sat at $3.29, a marked decrease on the previous day's closing price of $3.62. Financial experts are suggesting the fall is down to rumours of troubling performance issues across all versions of Unity.
Users are complaining of poor framrates and frequent bugs and technical issues, resulting in facesthat will haunt your nightmares for years to come.
"Not only are the reviews coming in poor with a current Metacritic score of 76 on the Xbox One version," writes, "which is only 1 point higher than the critically panned Activision’s Destiny, the game’s bugs and poor performance is becoming a laughing-stock right now on the Internet. There are thousands of posts flooding message boards and Youtube showing graphical glitches, crashes, and frame-rate problems."
Yeah, so that seems a little harsh to me. The game's hovering around a 76 across all platforms, which is far from "critically panned". It's not a great score for a mega-budget game that's been hyped all year, but it's hardly an apocalyptic disappointment.
The stock fall is a hit, no doubt, but other big companies like EA have suffered similiar dips before righting the ship in relatively short order. We'll have to wait and see what effect the mixed reactions to Unity has on Ubisoft's stock prices going forward. Like several other sites we got hold of a review copy of the game a little late, so stay tuned for our review.