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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
  • Fixed numerous random crashes both on Campaign and Coop
Save game & Progression
  • Fixed gear and outfit rewards getting relocked
  • Added users profile corrector to resolve companion synchronization issues
  • Made Initiate and companion app exclusive content accessible to all players
  • Fixed the ‘Find Leon’ objective not spawning on Dead Kings Memory 2
Online matchmaking, connectivity & replication
  • Fixed various matchmaking and connection issues both in matches and when starting a match.
  • Fixed various replication issues between host and clients
  • Fixed issues with the My Club feature
Gameplay (navigation, fight, stealth)
  • Fixed issue with Arno losing control after trying to launch Initiates from the pause menu
  • Fixed minor navigation issues
Menus and HUD
  • Fixed issues occurring when hacking gears
  • Fixed additional issues with notifications
World & 3D
  • Fixed some minor FX and texture issues
Assassin's Creed Unity had a notoriously buggy launch this fall. The game's glitches included disappearing faces and inescapable hay stacks, among other things. To compensate players for the problems, Ubisoft decided to make the Dead Kings DLC free for everyone. Players who had paid for the DLC by purchasing the Season Pass were given a free game as an apology.
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