Since the launch of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla in November last year, Ubisoft has been adding new microtransactions to the in-game store every other week. Previous Assassin’s Creed titles followed the same pattern, but there are elements of Valhalla’s system that players are beginning to question, and once you understand why, it’s not a good look.
In the base version of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, there are ten armour sets that you can find and equip throughout the game — one of which is only available temporarily. It’s not a terrible number, but the issue is that it won’t be long until the microtransaction store actually features more armour sets than the base game — it’s already up to eight, with a new set being added every two weeks.
To make matters worse, these additional armour sets from the store boast perks and stat bonuses that you won’t find elsewhere, and some of them are arguably much more effective than what you’ll find in the core release. Is it pay-to-win if Valhalla’s a single player game? Debatable, but this growing discrepancy is sparking a lot of debate within the Assassin’s Creed community.
Some fans feel as though it’s only a matter of time until things spiral out of control, and the store becomes littered with equipment that’s simply better than what you’ll find in the main game. Others argue that these kinds of microtransactions are important, as they help fund the ongoing development of free content updates. It’s quite a complex topic when all factors are taken into account, but again, it’s not a good look for the game — at least not at first glance.
The bottom line here is that Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is a massive game, and you certainly don’t have to surrender yourself to the microtransaction store in order to enjoy it. But even so, we’ll soon reach a point where the store features more unique armour sets than the game itself, and that seems out of whack.
It’s worth noting that you can technically unlock these armour sets through gameplay. Set pieces can show up for sale in your settlement, but stock is on rotation. And since each armour set is made up of five different pieces, it’ll take an eternity to complete your collection. Not to mention that the in-game currency used to buy these items is limited, based on both weekly and daily quest rewards.
What do you make of Valhalla’s armour set situation? Would you like to see Ubisoft pay more attention to content that’s actually in the game as opposed to updating the store on a regular basis? Plan a raid in the comments section below.