Assassin’s Creed Free Apology DLC Dead Kings Next Week


The city and catacombs of Saint-Denis will open up to Assassin’s Creed Unity players on January 13th, Ubisoft have announced, and it’ll be free for everyone as an apology present for releasing the game in such a poor state. Here’s a thing I know about Saint-Denis: during the Revolution, the royal tombs in the Basilica were cracked open and their contents tossed into pits in the yard and oh no over the course of telling this story I realise this’ll be the setup for Dead Kings. Of course it will. They have to Assassinate all of history don’t they, those people. You can see a little of this fanciful retelling in a new cinematic trailer.

Continuing on after the story of Unity, Dead Kings will see Arno poking around Saint-Denis and having a good root around in its unexpectedly sprawling-and-filled-with-alien-technology catacombs. It’ll bring new story bits, single-player and co-op missions, and weapons that’ll carry over into the regular campaign too. Rattling off DLC feature lists is a little crass but hey, let’s think of this like new missions coming in a patch. What a generous patch!

Here’s another Saint-Denis fact coming at ya: the Basilica was supposedly founded upon the site where Saint Denis collapsed after walking and giving sermons for six miles. That might not sound impressive, but do bear in mind he’d just been decapitated atop Montmartre – you know, the hill with the steps at the end of Amélie.


  1. The Dark One says:

    Apoloadable Content

  2. natendi says:

    A big chocolate apology cake.

  3. satan says:

    Anybody else kind of want more screwups so we can get an entire season’s pass worth of apology DLC?

  4. neffo says:

    Is this a sly reference by Ubisoft to their headless (or rather faceless) bug?

  5. inf says:

    Is this game in any playable state yet?

  6. dazman76 says:

    Aaaaand it looks like the announcement has killed the site. Trust Ubi to turn the irony up to 11.

    • dazman76 says:

      Aaaand trust me to post that right as the site comes back up. Nothing to see here, move along.

  7. TacticalNuclearPenguin says:

    I lost track of all the patches to be honest. DId the most important, the performance oriented one, ever even land?

    Not like it matters much since i’m not going to play this thing until the next generation of GPUs, but still.

    • basilisk says:

      It did land, and weighed some 6 GB, but at least on my machine, it didn’t make any difference. I suspect the game runs slightly worse now, but don’t have the data to back it up. After that, radio silence.

      This DLC comes much earlier than I would have thought.

      • TacticalNuclearPenguin says:

        Uhm. looks similar to the Watch_Dogs “fix” that would offload even more stuff to the VRAM and obviously only work if you had enough to spare, and it’s always fun when these games make a 780ti feel like a piece of junk.

        Meh, Ubisoft.

        I guess the full-fat “real” Maxwell can’t come soon enough, or whatever AMD cooks up if that 20nm ( doubtful ) release is to be believed.

  8. Morlock says:

    The good news I took from this trailer is that there is new music from Josh Homme.

  9. DanMan says:

    “Saint-Denis”? Really? That’s too easy…

    • vorador says:

      Well, he survived decapitation so i guess he had his true head somewhere else.


    And I would walk five headless miles
    And I would walk one mile more
    Just to be the man who walked six miles
    Preaching the word of God

    …Hey… I think that came out pretty good. Anyone knows a folk gospel band?