Microtransactions in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
Ubisoft have confirmed that their latest AAA title, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, will offer microtransactions.
However, the Montreuil-based developers are keen to stress that these payments are strictly optional and – much like Metal Gear Solid V’s MB coins – act only as a means of ‘speeding up’ the game rather than offering any key advantages to players who can afford them.
Francois Pelland, Ubisoft Quebec development director, told IGN:
“Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will include paid options to save time and accelerate progress. The model for Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is quite similar to Black Flag, allowing players who do not have time to fully explore our huge game world to still be able to eventually acquire the game’s most powerful gear as well as other items. Rest assured, all of AC Syndicate’s content is available without paying anything additional and the game has been balanced such that microtransactions are 100% optional.”
Take those words with a pinch of salt, gone are the days when gamers had to work hard for treats such as upgraded armour, just dip into your wallet and you can have everything you want from the get-go. This ‘helping’ players who ‘do not have time’ excuse is becoming a common theme of big-name releases, however, make no mistake, it’s Ubisoft’s way of saying ‘if you’re going to give us money, we’ll take it anyway we can.’
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate releases on October 23 for PS4 and Xbox One.