It looks like a new trend is developing on the egregious downloadable content front, with yet another big name game taking to microtransactions as a method to extract more money from its players. Apparently the soon-to-be-released Assassin’s Creed III will feature in-game microtransactions, allowing players to purchase in-game currency with real world dollars.
The currency is called Erudito Credits, and can be purchased on both Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network. These credits allow you to aquire in-game items that would take some time to earn, if going about it the hard way. Available at launch in 20,50,155, 380 and 925 point bundles, Erudito credits aren’t cheap. The largest bundle will run you $20, on top of the $60 if you are looking to get a leg up on the online competition.
Assassin’s Creed III multiplayer has become a popular feature for fans of the franchise, it’s not a huge surprise that Ubisoft is looking to monetize its players considering that just about all big games using similar tactics. EA’s Mass Effect 3 featured a similar scheme earlier this year.
Assassin’s Creed III is due out on October 30th on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.