Assassin's Creed: Unity microtransactions won't "compromise" its Parisian parkour fun | PCGamesN

Assassin's Creed Unity

Assassin's Creed: Unity microtransactions won't "compromise" its Parisian parkour fun

Unity through discreet payments.

Assassin’s Creed has long been subject to the trends on the peripheral of big budget action games. Black Flag had a companion app and progress-quickening bundles available on its store - but Unity won’t travel any deeper down the microtransaction hole.

Assassin’s Creed Unity will allow players to “fast track” its unlock system by spending real money, just as Black Flag did.

Senior producer Vincent Pontbriand told OXM that Ubisoft Montreal had to be “on the lookout for” new monetisation trends - but that unlock fast-tracking was “pretty much” as far as microtransactions would go.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

The companion app in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag offered maps and an alternate route to its fleet minigame - and certainly didn’t prevent it from becoming one of the best games of last year. As for its paid unlocks: I didn’t notice them. Are you worried about the division of wealth in Unity?

Login or Register
3
+3
-0
Shriven's picture
2219

Umm...it just has Ubisoft.

2
+2
-0
BraveToaster's picture
182

RIP Ubisoft, 1986-2006

2
+2
-0
1N07's picture
168

The unlock fast-tracking dlc's are just fine. I see nothing wrong with them... I mean, I don't personally want anything to do with them, but it's not like you're forced to buy them.

1
+1
-0
Deadite's picture
26

The problem is adding microtransactions fundamentally changes game design. Fast tracking unlocks sounds harmless, but suddenly there's the temptation to make the game unlocks really grindy to encourage more wallets to open. Even though I usually enjoy AC games I won't be touching the series again until this business model is gone.

1
+1
-0
UntoldAv3nGer's picture
251

This is such a bad idea waiting to happen.

1
+1
-0
sidspacewalker's picture
51

I'll have to see it to believe it.

Try these free to play games
?

These are affiliate links - clicking them and playing the games directly supports PCGamesN

Spotlight
?

Our Spotlight units plug content our journalists have made, that our advertisers want to promote. Sometimes the promotion is paid for, but the content they go to is always independent with no client oversight or approval.

Alienware - Game VictoriousTurtle Beach
Adventures in... Assassin's Creed: Unity - Butcher, or Benny Hill?

Assassin's Creed Unity

Adventures in... Assassin's Creed: Unity - Butcher, or Benny Hill?

Assassin's Creed Unity companion app and Initiate rewards will be accessible to all

Assassin's Creed Unity companion app and Initiate rewards will be accessible to all

Assassin's Creed Unity Dead Kings DLC gets a release date and a spiffy trailer

Assassin's Creed Unity Dead Kings DLC gets a release date and a spiffy trailer

Assassin's Creed Unity unlocks all golden initiates chests during companion app holiday maintenance

Assassin's Creed Unity unlocks all golden initiates chests during companion app holiday maintenance

Assassin's Creed Unity patch 4 has been delayed, and Paris is to blame

Assassin's Creed Unity patch 4 has been delayed, and Paris is to blame

Assassin’s Creed Unity patch 4 coming on Monday. Aims to make it more stable

Assassin’s Creed Unity patch 4 coming on Monday. Aims to make it more stable

Port Review - Assassin's Creed Unity

Assassin's Creed Unity

Port Review - Assassin's Creed Unity

Ubisoft expects Assassin's Creed Unity patch 4 to fix remaining bugs

Ubisoft expects Assassin's Creed Unity patch 4 to fix remaining bugs

Mea culpa: Ubisoft offers free DLC to Assassin's Creed Unity players and a free game to season pass holders

Mea culpa: Ubisoft offers free DLC to Assassin's Creed Unity players and a free game to season pass holders

Assassin’s Creed Unity patch fixes more than 300 bugs

Assassin’s Creed Unity patch fixes more than 300 bugs

Assassin’s Creed Unity patch will improve framerate while leaving crowd size the same

Assassin’s Creed Unity patch will improve framerate while leaving crowd size the same

Assassin’s Creed Unity patch will stop Arno getting stuck in hay carts

Assassin’s Creed Unity patch will stop Arno getting stuck in hay carts

Why we don’t have an Assassin’s Creed: Unity Review

Assassin's Creed Unity

Why we don’t have an Assassin’s Creed: Unity Review

Ubisoft stock price falls significantly following troubled Assassin’s Creed Unity launch

Ubisoft stock price falls significantly following troubled Assassin’s Creed Unity launch

Assassin's Creed Unity AMD performance issues provoke prompt Ubisoft response

Assassin's Creed Unity AMD performance issues provoke prompt Ubisoft response

Assassin’s Creed Unity launch trailer shows more running, jumping, and stabbing people

Assassin’s Creed Unity launch trailer shows more running, jumping, and stabbing people

Ubisoft games pulled from Steam globally

Ubisoft games pulled from Steam globally

Here's everything you need to know about Assassin's Creed Unity crammed into one video

Here's everything you need to know about Assassin's Creed Unity crammed into one video

Ubisoft’s new games aren't available on Steam in the UK.

Assassin's Creed Unity

Ubisoft’s new games aren't available on Steam in the UK. "UK customers wishing to purchase the game digitally can do so by visiting the Uplay store..."

Assassin’s Creed Unity trailer transports our French Revolution assassin to WW2

Assassin’s Creed Unity trailer transports our French Revolution assassin to WW2

Assassin’s Creed Unity trailer shows off Nvidia Gameworks enhancements

Assassin’s Creed Unity trailer shows off Nvidia Gameworks enhancements

Assassin's Creed Unity TV spot crashes a fancy French party with 1,400 fan-made assassins

Assassin's Creed Unity TV spot crashes a fancy French party with 1,400 fan-made assassins

Those crazy system requirements for Assassin's Creed Unity have been confirmed by Ubisoft

Those crazy system requirements for Assassin's Creed Unity have been confirmed by Ubisoft

What to do in Assassin's Creed Unity's Paris: Murder, stealing and a bit of detective work

What to do in Assassin's Creed Unity's Paris: Murder, stealing and a bit of detective work