Last week, Ubisoft said that it was planning to release a major patch to fix many ongoing problems with Assassin's Creed Unity today—as in Monday, December 15th. Now, the developers have announced via their live updates page, "we are choosing to hold off until we can give you the improvements we've promised."

The highly anticipated Patch 4's indefinite delay highlights Ubisoft's ongoing struggle in trying to get Assassin's Creed Unity up and running properly ever since the game came out exclusively for new-gen consoles and PC last month. The developer has already addressed Unity's technical problems with several major patches, and even said it was giving players some of the game's DLC for free as an apology of sorts.

Ubisoft didn't give a new date for Patch 4's release yet. When they originally announced the new patch, Ubisoft said that it should fix most of the remaining issues with Unity, including problems with the game continuing to freeze and crash for many players and a handful of separate issues with the game's mobile companion app.

In its announcement of the Patch 4 delay today, the Ubisoft team explained that updating Unity with the latest fixes has taken longer than they expected due to the extensive nature of the intended repairs.

"We are committed to delivering major performance improvements," the note reads, "which requires that we refurbish the Paris map and that will take a few more days to hit the high level of quality our players deserve."

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It's always frustrating to be told to hold out for something when your game isn't working, I know. In the meantime, as Stephen noted last month, affected Unity players can keep track of the game's known technical issues and Ubisoft's progress in addressing (and, hopefully, fixing) them on this ongoing forum thread that covers all three versions of the game.

Also, just as a reminder to Unity players: this is the week that Ubisoft's free DLC offer is supposed to kick in. Find out how to get your copy of the Dead Kings DLC, or another free Ubisoft game if you're already a Unity season pass owner, over at the company's FAQ page for the topic.

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