Ubisoft has been introducing new microtransactions to the in-game store every two weeks since Assassin’s Creed Valhalla was released last November. Previous titles of Assassin’s Creed followed the same trend, but there are aspects of Valhalla’s structure that players are beginning to doubt, and it doesn’t look good until you understand why.
There are ten armor sets in the base version of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla that can be found and fitted in the game – one of which is only temporarily available. That’s not a bad number, but the problem is that it won’t be long until more armor sets than the base game are actually included in the microtransaction store – there are currently eight, and every two weeks a new set is added.
These additional armor sets from the store provide advantages and incentives that you won’t find anywhere else to make matters worse, and some of them are arguably much more powerful than the ones you’ll find in the core edition. If Valhalla is a single-player game, is it pay-to-win? That’s debatable, but within the Assassin’s Creed culture, this increasing disparity is sparking a lot of debate.
Some fans believe that before things get out of control, it’s just a matter of time and the store is filled with gear that’s simply better than what can be found in the main game. Others claim that these types of microtransactions are important because they help finance the continuing growth of free updates of content. When you consider all the variables, it’s a fairly complicated problem, but again, it doesn’t look good for the game – at least not at first glance.
The bottom line is that Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is a wonderful game, and in order to enjoy it, you definitely do not have to engage in microtransactions. But even then, we will soon hit a point where the store has more unique armor sets on sale than the game itself, and that doesn’t seem right.
It’s worth noting that these armor sets can be theoretically unlocked via the game. In your settlement, set pieces will turn up for sale, but the stock is on rotation.
And because each armor set consists of five different pieces, your collection will take you forever to complete. Not to mention that, based on the weekly and regular quest rewards, the in-game currency you can use to purchase these items is minimal.
What do you think of the situation in Valhalla with armor sets? Instead of constantly updating the shop, would you like to see Ubisoft think more about the content that is actually in the game? In the comments section below, schedule a raid.