Microtransactions in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate

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By Jay Michael – 2nd October 2015
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.


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  • Mr0303

    Oh, Ubisoft. You never learn, do you?

    • Jay Michael

      Shame isn’t it, mate? I mean I guess most games have them nowadays, but why does it have to be for such important items? Use them like Minecraft does with it’s character packs etc, don’t make crucial parts of the game unlockable for those who can’t be bothered to put the effort in

      • Mr0303

        Microtransactions have no place in a full priced game.They break the meritocracy of gaming. All costumes, weapons and treasures should be earned.

        • Jay Michael

          I absolutely agree man, I just feel we’re too far down the track for the greedy guys to turn back. Wouldn’t it be great if everyone just said you know what nope, stick your game where the sun don’t shine.

          Unfortunately, everything seems to have optional purchases in now, from Little Big Planet to MGSV, to the point where, if gamers did say no, there’d be nothing left to play

          • Mr0303

            I don’t usually mind DLC if it is done well, but microtransactions ruin the natural progress and flow of the game.

            If consumers push back hard enough against those practices the publisher will have to remove them as they will not be worth the negative PR. We recently had a win with the removal of the preorder scheme for Deus Ex Mankind Divided. Gaming is a consumer industry and the gamers have all the purchasing power. We can change these negative trends similar to how online passes are a thing of the past.

          • Jay Michael

            Certain DLC works well I agree, GTA V Online is a perfect example of how the system can work. Problems often come when story modes are involved, when people are running around with the best armour in the game after a few missions etc. that’s what gets to me.

            I did not know about the Dues Ex news, just read up on it, perhaps some hope there! Just a shame that certain people with wallets bigger than their brains will always opt for the easy method of buying what the can’t be bothered to attain

  • Nick

    Unity 2.0, anyone?

    • Jay Michael

      So desperate for this to be not be yet another glitch-fest! Why can’t they just realize Black Flag was incredible and we need more of that

      • Nick

        You’d think that their stock drop after Unity would have knocked some sense into them. I’m hoping that this game sells like the polished turd it most likely is. It’s just unfortunate that it’s probably going to take the franchise tanking to make them change.

  • Darrin Rhone

    Can’t believe they are releasing this in 20 or so days time…. Assassins Creed Unity still not fully glitch free for PC…. After wasting my money on Unity last year, I refuse to buy this one…. Whats happened to the games industry in the last 2 years…. Unfinished games released, Beta games sold and then never released…. I could list around 10 games right now which are still not working correctly on my high end PC…. And they wonder why people pirate games, I for one refuse to buy PC games anymore… The studios and producers can kiss my ass….

  • Harlee Grey

    Not really surprising, they’ve been doing it since Assassin’s Creed 3.