Ubisoft has announced that Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, the next chapter in its multi-million selling stealth-action franchise, will support microtransactions similar to its predecessor, Assassin’s Creed Unity.
Fortunately, the French publisher confirmed that the game does not lock any content behind a paywall; microtransactions are only used to save time and accelerate progress, so you don’t have to bother with them if you don’t fancy coughing up your hard-earned cash.
“Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will include paid options to save time and accelerate progress,” said Francois Pelland, AC Syndicate’s Development Director.
“The model for Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is quite similar to Black Flag, allowing players who do not have time to fully explore our huge game world to still be able to eventually acquire the game’s most powerful gear as well as other items.
“Rest assured, all of Syndicate’s content is available without paying anything additional and the game has been balanced such that microtransactions are 100% optional.”
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is due out on PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox One later this month. The game takes place in Victorian London in the year 1868, and focuses on siblings Jacob and Evie Frye as they battle the Templar order in the midst of the Industrial Revolution. Curiously, the game eschews the multiplayer elements of previous Assassin’s Creed titles, which have been included since 2010’s Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood.
New to the table in Syndicate includes the ability to switch between two characters at any point in the game. The Frye siblings each have their own special attributes; Jacob is more at home in close-quarters brawling, while Evie prefers a more stealthy approach and relies on her wit and intelligence to see her through. Syndicate also introduces a rope launcher to facilitate rooftop navigation, while weapons include a revolver, brass knuckles and a cane sword.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will include additional content in the form of the Jack the Ripper DLC, something which PSU felt a little uneasy about—so much so that we wrote an opinion piece about it discussing our reservations.