With Assassin’s Creed Valhalla players getting stuck into the newly added Yule Festival seasonal event, Ubisoft have snuck in a divisive microtransaction.
If you swing by Valhalla’s in-game store you can discover a variety of optional premium items such as cosmetics for Eivor. Following the recent Assassin’s Creed Valhalla 1.1.0 update, there’s a new store item under the utility category, offering players a permanent 50% increase in the experience points they earn.
This paid-for cheat is priced at $10 – for an extra five bucks you can add a 50% money increase to that XP boost. Purchasing this item will boost your earnings for all characters tied to your save data, Ubisoft confirming that the standard XP and money gain rates have not been modified to entice players into buying those boosts.
Here’s what they had to say to Game Informer when quizzed about the microtransaction:
As more and more post-launch content becomes available, we want to give the option to players to advance their progression. Utilities allow players who lack the time to fully explore the world of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla to be able to acquire the game’s best gear, as well as other items, by accelerating their progress. For instance, these players can purchase maps that uncover some interesting locations in the world, but would still have to visit and play them to get their rewards.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will expanded post-launch with expansions taking us to Ireland and even Paris. It’s likely this will be high-level content, so this kind of time-saving boost certainly has its appeal to players.
However, the question remains: why not make the XP boost a free option instead of something AC fans have to pay for? Sadly, this move doesn’t come as a complete surprise – Odyssey offered the exact same boost back when it launched two years ago.
With Assassin’s Creed Valhalla marking another positive step for the series, it’s a shame to see this kind of money grabbing practice. If Santa hasn’t finished writing up his naughty list, we’d say there’s room for one more name…
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