After the train wreck that was Batman: Arkham Knight on PC you’d think Nvidia would be doing everything it can to ensure its next bundled in game wasn’t a total disaster. Which makes it all the more curious to see Nvidia announce new game bundles of Rainbow Six Siege and Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, packed in with GeForce GTX 970, GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 980 Ti GPUs until early 2016.
It’s the latter game which will raise a few eyebrows. Early reports are suggesting Syndicate could be every bit as buggy as Assassin’s Creed Unity was last year, so it’s not exactly the strongest candidate to show off your shiny new graphics card. Whatever the case, those who pick up one of the three Nvidia GPUs will be able to choose between AC: Syndicate and Rainbow Six: Siege. Codes will be sent out when the games are released, which is November 19th and December 1st respectively.
Where this gets most interesting is the inclusion of just three graphics cards. The last GeForce pack-in was Metal Gear Solid V, and that extended to the GeForce GTX 960 also. Now there’s two reasons Ubisoft and Nvidia have likely done this. Firstly, either Ubisoft or Nvidia isn’t confident the GeForce GTX 960 will provide sufficient levels of performance in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. This would be a worry if the extremely capable GTX 960 can’t handle it.
Secondly, it could be a case of Nvidia attempting to clear out all excess stock of its higher end GPUs. The GeForce GTX 970 and the GTX 980 have likely seen sales slow since the launch of the GTX 980 Ti and AMD’s Radeon R9 300 series. This would be paving the way for Nvidia’s next generation of Pascal GPUs, which are expected in the first half of 2016.
Fingers crossed it’s the latter, we can’t wait to see what Pascal brings to the table.