Will You Explore or Will You Buy?
The subject overtaking the gaming industry right now is that of loot boxes. More and more triple-A franchises are growing fond of these features. And now, it looks like Assassin’s Creed Origins may have them in some capacity. But, we’ve been told not to worry.
Ubisoft will include in-game chests in Assassin’s Creed Origins and said chests will drop a variety of items. However, Tom Phillips of Eurogamer, after a recent playthrough, said the chests could only be purchased via in-game currency. According to him, they are sold by a young boy named Reka and cost a total of 3,000 Drachma.
Furthermore, Ubisoft stated that all items found in chests are available in the world; game director Ashraf Ismail went on to tell Eurogamer that chests are for people who don’t want to explore every nook and cranny:
“You can find this stuff in the world, but the idea is if you have the money you can just buy stuff for him,” Ismail said. “Heda also sells a mystery box which can contain any weapon, piece of gear or item in the game. It’s a way for people who hoard lots of money, if you min-max the economy system, to gamble the money and get really unique stuff.”
Ismail also mentioned an e-store available to players for the exact same convenience mentioned. Thus, you can say microtransactions haven’t been ruled out of the equation. We’ll simply have to wait and see how devs implement items in their store. “Everything that’s in the e-store you can get from playing the game. It’s just an accelerated way of playing the game,” said Ismail.
Assassin’s Creed Origins arrives October 27, 2017. Stay tuned for more details as we approach release.