Ubisoft is offer of a free game for anyone who purchased the Assassin's Creed Unity season pass has gone live, but there's a catch.
Once users identify which system they purchased Unity on they are given a choice of six games but must first accept the lengthy terms and conditions, which includes a clause waiving your right to sue the gaming giant for problems relating to Unity.
The entry in the terms and conditions reads as follows (via Game Informer):
"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."
The clause comes as no surprise, but should be taken as a reminder that we really should be reading (or at least skim over) the terms and conditions we usually scroll straight past.
The free games being offered up by Ubisoft are Far Cry 4, The Crew, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Watch Dogs, Rayman Legends and Just Dance 2015, and are available to anyone who purchased and activated the Unity season pass prior to 25 November.
By further way of apology, Ubisoft will also be releasing the first DLC pack Dead Kings for free to all players. It is the decision to release that content for free which devalued the season pass and led to Ubisoft offering the free game.
The release of Assassin's Creed Unity and the subsequent controversy about the state in which it was released, capped off a poor year for Ubisoft's reputation.