Assassin’s Creed III Multiplayer Features Potential Micro Transactions

The multiplayer modes in Assassin’s Creed III aren’t wildly different from those in the previous games. It’s iteration, rather than innovation but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

While some of us (myself included) were aghast at the initial announcement of any sort of multiplayer in the series, it was implemented quite well and even made to fit the mythology of the games in a smart and interesting way. I imagine that there will be similar reaction to the revelation that there are micro transactions in the multiplayer for Assassin’s Creed III.

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While details are unclear, what we can be reasonably sure about (thanks to screenshot below from WorthPlaying.com) is the existence of a range of packs that you can purchase. Those packs are dubbed “Erudito” which is the name of a subversive individual or group that sends emails to Abstergo recruits in the game. It’s assumed that these packs will contain items for use in the multiplayer side of the game but whether those items will aid your progress or merely be cosmetic is still unclear.

Erudito packs

Ubisoft has, in the past, talked about this kind of model starting to impact upon the traditional retail game model – referencing Watch Dogs and Remember Me. But it seems that the success of this strategy for other publishers, notably EA with Mass Effect 3’s multiplayer, might have sped up their plans.

I’ve been playing Assassin’s Creed III over the past couple of weeks. I can’t tell you much about it because it’s still under embargo but there will be a review coming soon and we’ll have something up about the early stages of the game by tomorrow evening. I might also do some live streaming, if anyone’s interested.

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30 Comments

  1. Always into some live streaming.

    As for pay to win… pay to play, iap of any almost any kind – I’m just not interested. AC3 is not on my radar after the last 3 so this Ubisoft money-grab doesn’t affect me, but whilst people reward the behavior with their hard earned money the publishers will push for it.

    • Same. Abhor IAP games with a passion. Forza Horizon is *this* close to be spoiled by it too.

  2. Live streaming would be a first here no? Maybe not. But colour me interested.

    • I live streamed some of the new PSN Store via Twitch when it launched but not done much else. I can though, it’s just a case of know what people might want to see!

      • I like the idea, but don’t want anything spoiled as I’ve pre-ordered the game. Perhaps you can show off the multiplayer section (or are the servers still off)?

      • Really can’t say this enough: Avoid anywhere that even might hold spoilers for this game.

        If I live streamed anything, I’d skip cutscenes and make sure it’s nothing that has any impact on the game’s story. I won’t spoil anything for you, I’ll be very careful about that :)

  3. I am really excited about AC3 but there is no way I’m buying any DLC that is either unlockable through play anyway (the time-saver crap) or cosmetic.

    DLC should be additional content only! While I might be only one person, I’m sticking to my guns on that.

    • It only takes one man to change the world.

  4. For me, it comes down to the shameless-to-options ratio. If it’s optional stuff that allows people to enjoy the game if they’re of the more casual variety, whereas, more serious gamers don’t need to pimp/unlock anything as they know they’ll get everything with a good quality playthrough or two, I’m fine. However, if it’s a shameless cash-in for a game that might cost £40 to begin with then expect huge backlash.

    IAPs need to be sensible and proportional (if used at all).

    • your “shameless-to-options ratio” isn’t just for games and is frequently the stuff of nightmares, isn’t it?

  5. Never understood why people bother with these. I avoid like the plague. The only thing I ever bought was better armour in Dead Space and instantly regretted it.

  6. Micro transactions don’t work with me. I will pay for DLC thats map packs or added fun stuff, but I wouldn’t pay for weapons or for special advantages over others. It would put me off the game altogether.

  7. Micro transactions are the worst. Count me out.

  8. Ubi are milking the AC franchise to death, the MP side hasn’t fitted it that well I don’t think – mainly because the party system never works. I’m only getting AC3 for the SP though, so I’m not too bothered by this as I doubt I’ll bother trying MP.

  9. I won’t be picking it up for the MP so this won’t affect me. Live streaming preview would be cool though..

  10. I don’t have a problem with them as long as it doesn’t unbalance the game.

    Like the kit shortcuts in Battlefield 3 – it makes no difference to me if the person that killed me with a high level unlock gun is Rank 50 or someone who bought it… either way I’m dead. As long as the game gives me suitable equipment to counter them I don’t mind.

    Some people don’t want to spend 20/30 hours playing online to unlock all the best weapons, that’s their call. I’d rather just play the game, enjoy it and unlock whatever I can along the way.

    • Well said (wrote?). I completely agree.

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