Ubisoft on Assassin's Creed III microtransactions

Industry giant Ubisoft has defend the decision to include microtransactions in its upcoming historical actioner Assassin’s Creed III, insisting they’ll save you time.

The French publisher confirmed earlier this week that the sequel would support the ability to purchase Erudito for the game’s multiplayer component.

However, this particular content is only accessible via Assassin’s Creed III, and won’t be made available via the PlayStation Store.

Fortunately Ubisoft has since clarified just what this mysterious currency is; explaining gamers can use it to snap up content without earning it.

Speaking in a statement to CVG, the firm said: “People who have little time can use Erudito Credits as a shortcut to unlock game items from level 1 to 50.” However, these bonuses do not include prestige levels and relics rewards.

“This is not mandatory, all items sold in Erudito Credits are also available in Abstergo Credits and can be unlocked through normal progression like previous years,” the company added.

Assassin’s Creed III sneaks into shops across the U.S. today and arrives in Europe tomorrow.

The game sees the war between the Assassins and the Templars move to an American Revolution setting, where fresh-faced Connor Kenway finds himself taking the path of previous heroes Altair and Ezio following an attack on his village.

Stay tuned to PSU.com for our full review of the game soon.

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