Assassin’s Creed: Unity Has Microtransactions, Pay To Unlock Gear

Much like their forthcoming racer The Crew, Ubisoft have revealed that Assassin’s Creed: Unity will have microtransactions which will allow the impatient fast track their progress and unlock items.

Official Xbox Magazine played a preview of the title at Gamescom and report “it appears that you can spend money to ‘hack’ unlocks such as gear rather than earning them through play.”


Senior producer Vincent Pontbriand was asked if he had felt pressure take into account recent trends in monetisation.

“Companion apps, monetisation, other business models, digital only… We have to be reactive to these things, but not necessarily fundamentally change what we’re trying to do,” said Vincent.

“It depends. If we think it fits the gameplay, or the brand itself, the core values, we’re willing to take those risks. If not, then not. We’re not going to make any compromises,” he added.

Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag also had a pay-to-unlock option for the ship upgrades and another which displayed all the collectables on the map.

Source: OXM



  1. stick your filthy little microtransations up your greedy little (possibly large) bottom, you dirty swines

    please pass this on to Ubisoft

    thank you

    • agreed ^^^

      • Also agreed, pay to win microtransaction need to die.

  2. I can’t wait to buy AC Rogue instead of this.

  3. If you want to have everything unlocked at the get go, then awesome, buy them. If you don’t and want to earn it all throughout the game, then awesome, don’t buy them.

    These kind of micro-transactions aren’t forced and therefore a non-issue. Choices people, it’s all about giving us choices.

    • I remember good old fashioned cheat codes for unlocking content at the start.

  4. Well, there’s no multiplayer mode in it, so I can’t see any problem. If people want to spend money cheating, it’s not going to affect anyone else. Quite happy to see them relieving some idiots of some money.

    Greedy would be if they decided to not only release Unity, but some other game at the same time, maybe for the last generation of consoles. But that would be stupid, wouldn’t it?

    • It would be stupid not to release a game on the last gen. Install base is way too huge to ignore.

      • Then they could have released Unity for the last gen. But then they wouldn’t get to sell 2 games to people, would they?

      • I figure making 2 separate games means each one will be better optimised to the gen it is on. Especially the new gen games, I thought AC4 had minimal improvements over the 360/ps3 versions.

      • Maybe on the XB1 but it was vastly improved on PS4.

      • I saw both next gen versions and wasn’t blown away. Yes they looked good but it wasn’t the leap I expected. Hopefully with less distraction the next wave will be better.

    • Who care’s? I’m more than happy to play two AC games. I’d buy a new AC game every month if they were available. Nobody’s forcing you to buy them.

      • Yes they are! They keep making the bloody things, and so I have to keep playing them. I can’t resist it.

        Even the ones ones with naval shenanigans, which I’m not keen on. Although I did enjoy sailing about in Black Flag. Because of those sea shanties. They just seemed to add so much, for some reason.

        Why they couldn’t wait 6 months to release Rogue, I don’t know. Maybe that’s so they can sell a PS4 version later on?

        I’m more excited for Unity though. Seems to have done away with some of the ways to fail mission, which is good. Fed up of trying to follow someone and failing because I was spotted or I lost sight of them. They seem to be suggesting that won’t happen in Unity.

        At least Rogue will be cheap in 6 months time, probably. PS4 games seem to be stuck at normal prices everywhere for months.

      • I really liked the naval shenanigans in AC4. I’d struggle to tell you anything about the plot but I can tell you that I sailed every inch of that map collecting all one million animus fragments and I loved every minute of it. Partly because of how beautiful the open ocean was. Ubisoft really outdid themselves on a technical level with AC4 (That Sea!) and the fact that you could practically sail the entire map without a loading screen was just incredible.

        I need to bring myself up to date with AC Unity. I haven’t followed it much at all. It sounds like a great game but the emphasis on co-operative play turns me off a little. I’ll still buy It (I buy them all) but Im more excited about AC Rogue right now. When I saw the recent gameplay trailer for Rogue, I knew I was buying it day one. Ice… ships… polar bears… sold!

        See you at the next AC-oholics Anonymous meeting.

  5. Hmmm, this is standard practice now, and as long as it doesn’t interfere with me playing it and its not for essential items/stuff you can’t unlock normally, I am content.

  6. I just hope it’s hidden away, so you’ll find it on the PS Store, but its not mentioned in the game. Yeah, I’m being far too optimistic.

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