Well, this is bullshit. Yesterday I published an article completely making fun of Assassin’s Creed: Rogue, although I was still latching on to a little bit of hope that the game will still be a pretty good. Now I’m leaning towards Rogue being better than Unity, maybe not in terms of gameplay, but in terms of ‘who fucks over the player the least’. That’s who I’ll be in favor of. This may seem like a very harsh attack on Unity, but it’s with good reason.
Microtransactions are slowly tearing away at the gaming industry, mostly pretending to offer free to play games but really restricting players who don’t pay. I’m talking about apps here for the moment by the way, but they are spreading to triple A titles already as we’ve seen here with the latest installment of Assassin’s Creed.
I remember growing up playing games and being challenged. I wasn’t able to pay my way through the game. But now these days you seem to be able to, (although this mightn’t be one hundred percent true in the case of Unity because there’s been no official details on how the microtransactions are meant to work). But let’s be honest, we know they’re gonna suck the life out of the game anyway. I’m guessing it’ll be for upgrading your weapons and armor. The problem is that I don’t want to buy my way through a game that I’ve already spent 60 bucks on. I don’t want to buy my way through a game at all, but the fact that there’s already a big starting price before the microtransactions doesn’t help either. I want to be challenged. I want to progress. I want to play and unlock new things. My wallet shouldn’t have to take a hit for items already available in-game. Microtransactions are unnecessary, just play the damned game that you payed for.
Right now I’m considering whether or not to continue to support Ubisoft and it’s a tough one, because they could be about to destroy a game series I’ve loved for a long time.. or maybe it won’t be as bad as it sounds. Although that’s really unlikely. Gaming just isn’t what it used to be, and I see more signs of this almost every day. If you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go and play Ratchet & Clank 3, because sometimes old games on old platforms last the test of time.
Tell us what you think of Assassin’s Creed using microtransactions, or microtransactions in general in the comments!