Assassin's Creed III Micro-Transactions Sneak Into View
Posted by Thomas Whitehead
Wii U inclusion yet to be confirmed
Assassin's Creed III is one of the most high-profile multi-platform titles that'll be on store shelves for Wii U's launch. Nintendo gamers can look forward to a number of blockbuster hits that never saw the light of day on Wii, but at the same time these games may introduce one less-popular part of modern gaming: micro-transactions.
It's relatively common not only to see standard paid DLC for extra levels and missions, but also small add-ons of items, weapons and power-ups that give an advantage to those willing to part with more cash. This may be part of the unwholesome DLC apparently rejected by Satoru Iwata for Animal Crossing: New Leaf, but that may not stop it being used by third-parties. A listing has been spotted on the Xbox Marketplace — as well as the US PlayStation Store — for real money purchases of in-game currency for Assassin's Creed III, with the highest value pack of 925 Erudito Credits coming in at around £13.60. Based on the following description, the online multiplayer may be easier if you're willing to spend more.
Buying this pack will grant you 925 Erudito Credits in game, allowing you to acquire some game items, disregarding your current level.
This isn't exactly a new practice, but it'll be interesting to see whether the Wii U eShop will support similar transactions for this title on launch day. When talking about social game mini-transactions back in January — major game transactions of this nature are very similar — Satoru Iwata stated that third-parties would be given flexibility to use this format.
If third-party developers would like to adopt this form of microtransaction, and if this kind of business relationship between the developers and consumers is commonly accepted in Japan, we have no intention to decline it. Please understand that this is totally up to each developer, and I am not in the position to say yes or no. Again, we will not turn down such requests by third party developers as far as they can establish an appropriate relationship with their customers.
With these comments in mind, we doubt that Nintendo would stop Ubisoft — one of its most important third-party publishers — from offering these incentives if the Wii U infrastructure makes it possible. At the time of writing Ubisoft is yet to even officially announce these micro-transactions on Xbox 360 and PS3, but we'll see if any Wii U confirmations follow.
We've already thought about whether Animal Crossing: New Leaf should have paid DLC, but what do you think about optional add-ons that give some a potential advantage in online multiplayer? Let us know what you think in the comments below.