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Ubisoft appears to be more focused on adding purchasable armour sets to Assassin’s Creed Valhalla than fixing it, according to fans.
Back in December, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s producer Julien Laferrière assured players that post-launch fixes for bugs and quality-of-life updates would be a top priority for Ubisoft.
Fans of the game, however, beg to differ and have taken to Reddit and ResetEra to complain that the game seems more focused on selling microtransactions to players.
Reddit user Zuazzer states that nine additional armour sets have been added to the in-game store, which is the same number of sets that were already available in the base game. What’s worse is that these purchasable armour sets aren’t purely cosmetic and include gameplay benefits.
According to them, even players who bought the collector’s edition have received very little in terms of updates since launch, with the only additions being bug fixes and the Christmas event.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla initially launched without in-game purchases, with Ubisoft only adding them after the fact. This alone has come under heavy criticism, as the practice is seen as a way to avoid them being mentioned in reviews or on packaging/product descriptions.
There are also claims that the game still suffers from some nasty bugs. According to one ResetEra user, the most recent patch even added one that makes characters not open their mouths while talking.
Both the Reddit and ResetEra threads have become filled with similar complaints from irate players, with some even claiming it’s a buggier experience than the infamous Cyberpunk 2077.
There are some who defend Ubisoft, saying that the team responsible for making the armour sets aren’t the same ones responsible for fixing the bugs, so it’s not like they are prioritising one over the other.
Others, while they do agree that the game is rather buggy, admit that they still enjoy their time with the game and don’t regret picking it up, while others feel justified holding out until it drops in price.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla does have a roadmap of content throughout this year, including two story expansions, but time will tell whether these will appease upset fans.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is available on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC, Stadia, and Amazon Luna.
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