Star Wars Battlefront 2 is the reason why loot boxes are currently under investigation across the globe. The game faced widespread criticism and while it has been some time since we talked about this, Ubisoft just brought the topic back into the limelight.
The company released Assassin’s Creed Odyssey recently and with it, the company took a jab at EA’s notorious “pride and accomplishment” statement. To participate in a challenge player needs to gather three tokens. You can buy these tokens from the trial masters but one of the trial masters ends up mocking you for your lack of a sense of “pride and accomplishment.” Why? Well, you asked him to buy these token rather than earn them.
Seeing this part of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is like seeing the pot calling the kettle black. Ubisoft itself is offering microtransactions in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. There are boosters and time-savers that allow players to boost their character. It is a pay-to-win model that lets players increase their damage and defense stats by raising the level with XP.
Similar to EA, Ubisoft milks many of its franchises as well as licenses it acquired. The abuse of Tom Clancy’s name is unreal. Still, if we are to ever choose between the two evils, I would choose Ubisoft. The company is showing signs of redemption and change. How they handled The Division, changes they are making to The Division 2. There are some greedy practices with its special editions though, we are making progress.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey in itself is a great game and a remarkable achievement but its microtransactions system doesn’t paint Ubisoft in a positive light. But we are hopeful for Ubisoft’s future, change is slow and painful, but Ubisoft is making progress. With that said, the company is nowhere near the point where it can start mocking others.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is now available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.