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.
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.
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.