Assassin's Creed III
Assassin's Creed III Hidden Secrets Add-On Resets Progress for Some Players
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A host of enormously disgruntled users have been reporting a major issue with Assassin's Creed III's first proper DLC, The Hidden Secrets pack, which was made available to Season Pass owners yesterday. Apparently playing the content is causing players' progress through the main story to be reset, while preserving progress on certain side missions and activities.

A 100% completion statistic is therefore being rolled back to 45%, placing players at the game's opening chapters, meaning essentially having to begin the story again from scratch. In some cases, completed Naval and Privateer missions have also been reset too.

As Assassin's Creed III autosaves, it seems that completed saved games might be unobtainable. It would be advisable therefore to avoid playing The Hidden Secrets DLC to prevent your main mission progress from being erased. We'll update this post as we hear more about it.

You can find out more in Ubisoft's official thread here or in our own Assassin's Creed III forum thread on the subject here.

[Thanks, Marty McFal]


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Comment #1 by Nixemo
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 10:29:34 AM
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The glitches weren't enough...

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Comment #2 by Masterchief950
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 10:30:59 AM
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Yea I think I'll just leave my copy of the game to the side until they patch up everything.

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Comment #3 by Juggalo151
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 10:32:00 AM
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i wish ubisoft had tested this shit before releasing it. thankfully nothing has changed in mine... yet

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Comment #4 by The Chook
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 10:32:27 AM
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Holey underwear. I'm glad I'm not just being paranoid when I backup my saves on a usb drive before I install new addons

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Comment #5 by Aussie27Legend
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 10:35:42 AM
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God damnit, not again :(

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Comment #6 by Zacry072
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 10:37:07 AM
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SOOO glad I haven't started this game up yet. Dabbled a little bit on the MP just to see if anything was different and then went on to other games I've been wrapping up. Please fix all of these problems, Ubi. We don't need another Borderlands 2 on our hands.

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Comment #7 by Kisushima
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 10:41:19 AM
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@4 That's NEVER a paranoid thing to do.

Getting my copy of ACIII for Xmas, so hope it's patched by the 25th!

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Comment #8 by psybOltOn
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 10:49:16 AM
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... and that is why I don't mind to wait until they release a complete edition of this game, too. Half the price and no bugs like this.

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Comment #9 by PG_MaxPayne
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 10:55:11 AM
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If only developers focused on polishing their games close to release and getting bugs worked out instead of feeling pressured to meet the deadline for release. I wouldn't care if a game gets delayed a couple of weeks so it can get polished out.

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Comment #10 by BiggD
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 10:57:55 AM
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LOL! That's hilarious. Glad I don't have the Season Pass.

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Comment #11 by Jack Frost
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 11:02:18 AM
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I'm so glad that Revelations put me off this series...

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Comment #12 by stantonphl
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 11:14:57 AM
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*begins to laugh* Oh Ubisoft, you so crazy!

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Comment #13 by oobawlzmahonyoo
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 11:30:27 AM
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why is it that video game companies can't release DLC without fucking everything else up? doesn't shit get tested thourghly before being released? You can't even play games anymore. its coming to that point

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Comment #14 by TheFalcon
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 11:34:49 AM
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What a joke. Don't even download this POS DLC, not worth risking your progress for a bunch of useless pre-order junk. This series is going downhill quick.

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Comment #15 by STONE DEVIL
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 11:45:59 AM
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LOL, what a joke. This has to be the worst AC release yet. 3 years for what. So glad I wasn't a Season pass sucker.

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Comment #16 by Cinderkin
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 11:57:35 AM
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Another games season pass fucking up everything.

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Comment #17 by SHMEEDIDDY
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 12:27:04 PM
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@2 I'am with you, got DS2, NHL 13, Halo 4 DLC, and others to finished before I get back into AC3, I just need to 100% the game and the stupid board games ach!

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Comment #18 by chach7171
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 12:45:51 PM
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Same as skyrim, how do these big huge games get loaded full of bugs and glitches and then get nominated for a game of the year award??!! I'm sorry but that's crap, sloppy dev cycles and pushing it out for holiday sales, the bad press from stories like this is 10x worse than the press saying "dlc pushed back to work out bugs" Walking Dead GOTY!!

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Comment #19 by LiLJonJon94
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 12:56:26 PM
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Thought i'd get this instead of borderlands 2 (cuz b2 is fucked up with gamebreaking glitches atm.) Now this happens. Good thing i dont have a season pass. Risk my save game for some pre-order dlc? No thanks. Get it fixed ubisoft.

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Comment #20 by UberPirateNinja
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 01:00:24 PM
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@18 you didn't get any of the glitches in TWD then? No falling thru the map? No slowdown? No voice sync issues? Progress not carrying forward into the next episode? Don't get me wrong, I loved TWD game, but it had its fair share of glitches too

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Comment #21 by Mellow Tha Pro
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 01:15:32 PM
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why pay $60 for a broken game when you can wait until it works properly and costs half the price?

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Comment #22 by L1E
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 01:27:17 PM
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Exactly my thoughts. Definitely holding off on purchasing this game until the kinks are finally worked out.

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Comment #23 by ViNyLek
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 01:29:35 PM
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But didn't everyone say they won't even waste their time with this excuse of DLC? Gotta love hypocrits. Hopefully it will be resolved by the time proper DLC comes out, so I can enjoy it all together=)

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Comment #24 by PhoenixTemplar
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 01:41:38 PM
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I think I hit 97% complete yesterday. Glad I'm holding off on this DLC.

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Comment #25 by Ostrowski
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 02:54:06 PM
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so happy im nto getting this til after christmas, If my stats got reset I wouls give up and sell my game lol

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Comment #26 by Agent00047
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 04:04:06 PM
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Comment #27 by Raenahin
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 04:59:59 PM
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Guess we now know what Ubisoft's real Hidden Secret is...

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Comment #28 by Simlaurel
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 05:20:08 PM
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"Nothing is fixed, Everything is glitched."

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Comment #29 by papanesta
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 06:07:04 PM
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Wow, just wow. I'd already stopped playing because of the Encyclopedia glitch (having scanned all farmer activities and refusing to play through again), but now I'm seriously glad. Not that I would have got this DLC anyway, but they seriously need to get things sorted.

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Comment #30 by ChArG1nMaLAZ0R
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 06:26:49 PM
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theres games with a few glitches and then theres unfinished games guess which this falls under.

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Comment #31 by Adam Corela
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 06:30:39 PM
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I decided to stop playing this until it's 100% patched a while ago. Pretty ridiculous for such a huge release.

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Comment #32 by Siziol
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 06:31:09 PM
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i just spent a good chunk of my last few weeks 100% this game and grabbing all the achievements, i'll wait before i roll back.

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Comment #33 by newbsicle
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 07:41:17 PM
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This is why I don't bother buying games or dlc the day it's released. I have gotten burned far too many times to keep giving my money to developers who refuse to have their games properly tested.

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Comment #34 by DOA_Rose
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 08:42:44 PM
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this kind of thing is why game developers NEED both auto save and manual save options. a manual backup is always a good idea...

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Comment #35 by Blue Thunder28
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 09:18:50 PM
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GRFS and AC3 haven't lived up to expectations but at least Far Cry 3 has.

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Comment #36 by AlienLocust
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 10:34:46 PM
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I personally don't have many problems with Ubisoft, so I won't be too hateful but this game with all its bugs and even buggier DLC has just been a nightmare to watch, witness, and experience. Thanks for buying the Season Pass, now we're gonna screw you and take all your game progress away... unbelievable.

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Comment #37 by SonOfStayPuft
Thursday, December 06, 2012 @ 03:58:51 AM
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I'm only getting the Season Pass on Boxing Day as I can't afford it yet, but from hearing this, it sounds like a relief I held out. I feel for those who have been affected though. I'm with #36 in not hating Ubisoft, and I have only experienced two glitches so far, but not enough to ruin my experience. They really should have tested this DLC before releasing it though.

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Comment #38 by Ravenhood
Thursday, December 06, 2012 @ 05:19:45 AM
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How could a few short side missions possibly do something like reset your story progress? Just... how? How did Ubisoft make this a possibility? >_<

I can say from my own playthrough that I had no issues with this DLC, and my save file is still fine as of, well, right now. Considering I continue to see issues with these updates, as well as on Borderlands 2, I'm thinking I'm just gonna wait a while for the next updates for all these newer games.

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Comment #39 by HalfEVILmonkey
Thursday, December 06, 2012 @ 06:22:58 AM
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Nice fail Ubish*t.

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Comment #40 by CyberPunch83
Thursday, December 06, 2012 @ 09:07:09 AM
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I think it's the chapter markers attached to some items that is breaking the progress for some people. A few of the singleplayer items can only be unlocked after completing Sequence 6, and perhaps the game thinks you're only that far along because they were just unlcked, therefore rolling you back and making you re-do half the game.

Despite this, I haven't experienced any problems with the DLC. It took a day longer than it should have to appear as available or even existent on my console, but nothing broke and everything worked like it should. A nice bunch of goodies to tide us over until the first real DLC.

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US October 30, 2012
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