Those gamers who fire up their copy of Assassin’s Creed 3‘s multiplayer today will find something a little more than they expected. While the multiplayer of the Assassin’s Creed franchise has evolved over the past two iterations, it is in this third game that things take a slight detour, and head into cash grab town.
Introduced for Assassin’s Creed 3 is an in-game currency called Erudito Credits, which can be used to purchase various items without consideration for the player’s level. In the single player campaign, protagonist Connor uses a different type of currency, though, so we don’t expect there will be much crossover between the two types of “coin,” if at all.
Moreover, a pack of 925 Erudito Credits will set a player back 1600 MS Points, or $20.00. Essentially it’s a form of micro-transaction.
After news of the Erudito Credits came out Ubisoft was quick to jump on the case and clarify that the currency is by no means necessary to enjoying the multiplayer in AC 3, it just makes acquiring items that much easier. A normal progression will still unlock all the requisite upgrades, as the player goes from level 1 to 50.
Nonetheless, the fact that Ubisoft is offering such a currency is likely to leave a bad taste in some gamers’ mouths. With the inclusion of the Erudito Credits, Ubisoft has hit the anti-used game trifecta with an online pass, a season pass, and micro-transactions. It makes sense, though, that it would be Assassin’s Creed 3 that gets all three since this is a major turning point for the franchise.
In other Assassin’s Creed 3 news, a major day one patch has been released to help squash many of the bugs players, press, and testers had been encountering whilst travelling through 18th Century Colonial America. Many of the early reviews of the game – which have lauded Assassin’s Creed 3 for its innovation and expansive open-world – cited a surprising amount of bugs.
While we would like to detail the patch for gamers below, we have instead placed it on the second page of this post, as it is ripe with major story spoilers. Having not read it personally, my guess is that there are more than a few missions that have proven problematic for players, and this patch should hopefully clear all that up. So, if you’d like to read what exactly Ubisoft fixed make sure to continue on to the next page.
How do you feel about the inclusion of Erudito Credits in Assassin’s Creed 3? Have you been experiencing any glaring bugs post-update?
Assassin’s Creed 3 is out now for the PS3 and Xbox 360.