You have to give it to Ubisoft. They managed to resist the temptation to release Assassin’s Creed Valhalla with XP enhancing micro-transactions. But just a month later, here I am to tell you they’ve only gone and added some to the Viking adventure. So, if you have missed lambasting the company for such controversial actions, then here’s your chance to start doing so again. It’s almost like Odyssey never went away!
The more suspicious amongst you will question the timing of its arrival (as do I). Namely, all reviews are now live and do not mention the feature. A convenience, I’m sure you’ll agree. But honourable? I’m not too sure.
This is bound to come as disappointing news to the many gamers who rejoiced at the apparent show of conscience. Yes, the game still had a store for premium items. But XP Boost – as it is named – was absent. And rightly so, if you ask me. Yet, in its latest update, Ubisoft have decided to add the feature into the game for a $10 surcharge. Reducing the amount of XP building you have to do, and the faith we had in them in the first place.
Which, I agree, wasn’t much.
They have defended this decision by sending the following statement to Game Informer. But the fact they’re having to say it is enough to show they know it isn’t liked. It’s just a shame they can’t make the grind more fun rather than profitable.
“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.”
Will they ever learn?