Companion Applications are an interesting concept in a lot of ways because you’re basically trying to take advantage of the mobile gaming industry, and the gaming industry in general, by extending the functionality of your game to include mobile devices. This could be for a lot of reasons and done in many ways, whether it is actually useful features, a second screen feature, news and update, and whatever else a developer can think up in order to make their games look like there is a lot more features to it then there actually is.
In truth a lot of companion apps are gimmicks more than anything else. Not all of them, but a good amount are. So when you have certain features that require players to use your companion app, the best thing to do is to make sure that the app remains useful in some fashion. The Assassin’s Creed Unity game got a patch that, in turn, literally made the companion app basically useless.
Before the patch players were required to download the companion app for Assassin’s Creed Unity in order to unlock the blue chests. These chests had a variety of goodies inside whether it be in-game money, new gear, new items, etc etc. Apparently a good amount of players disliked the fact that content was locked away in this fashion and now there is no need to use the app to unlock the blue chests.
The new patch also removes the need to log into Ubisoft’s Initiates web service which tracks a player’s progress through the entire Assassin’s Creed series. As a player leveled up, gold chests would unlock in different locations on the maps, rewarding players with similar prizes as the blue chest. However this service had a lot of connectivity problems, was taken down in December, and will now be kept down permanently, with gold chests being unlockable in-game.
You can still keep up with Assassin’s Creed Unity news, use the interactive map, solve Glyph puzzles and everything else that came with the app. But the real usefulness of the app, regarding the blue chests being unlockable only through the app itself, is gone.
Website Referenced: Eurogamer