Assassin's Creed Unity's new patch has a lot of strong points. Maybe the best change it brings, though, is that it effectively removes the need for the mobile app and Initiates website.
Players were previously required to use Initiates and the companion app in order to unlock blue and gold chests through AC Unity's world. Assassination targets are likewise locked behind the app. Ubisoft notes that you can still attain progress on their mobile dives, but it's no longer mandatory to get this loot - which probably means no one will use the app anymore.
I understand that Ubisoft wanted people to use these second-screen experiences they created and the most surefire way was to offer in-game incentives. Still, it's a bit frustrating to have some content locked away - particularly if the mobile app is having problems syncing with the game. Not everyone wants yet another excuse to use their phone.
I'm more of a fan of Dying Light's approach. That game's mobile app gives you in-game items but it's completely supplementary. If you don't have the mobile app, you'd have no idea it doesn't exist.
Patch 5 also fixes a couple progression issues. The mission in the Dead Kings DLC campaign asking players to find Leon should now work properly. Gear rewards earned through the campaign should stay unlocked permanently.
The update is available on PS4 and Xbox One as of today. The PC version should be coming later this week. Ubisoft says details on the specific "performance, connectivity and general stability" fixes for that platform will be announced when the patch is ready to go.
Here are the full notes for the PS4 and Xbox One versions of Patch 5:
Stability & performance