Ubisoft will ban players for using mods to avoid their microtransaction grind

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#1 Edited by uninspiredcup (34311 posts) -

Wonderful fellows like these dictating your content even after you've purchased it.

Can't wait for streaming to be the norm where they have full 100% control with your best interests in mind, of course.

Ubisoft Bans Player-Created Assassin's Creed Quests That Let You Level Up By Doing Nothing

Last month, Ubisoft released a tool that allows players to create their own quests in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Players could choose to have other players’ custom quests appear in their games. Almost immediately came a mess of quests dedicated to rapid-fire power-levelling. “To each their own,” you might say of this questionable practice, but Ubisoft has decided to put its battle-sandal-clad Grecian foot down and ban quests that are simply about easy XP boosting.

These custom quests would, for example, spawn NPCs to instantly kill an enemy for the player, granting them experience in seconds. Players could then repeat this process, gaining sweet, sweet XP until all their dreams came true. Now, about a month later, Ubisoft has announced in a forum post that these types of bogus quests will no longer be tolerated.

“These exploits risk jeopardising the overall quality, integrity, and purpose of Story Creator Mode and results in less visibility for the creative, interesting and frankly fantastic community stories that have been published,” reads a note from the Assassin’s Creed community and development teams.

From now on, XP farming quests will be against the story creator tool’s terms of service. In addition, they will not be surfaced by the game’s automatic recommendation system, and Ubisoft will be “sanctioning those who continue to willingly and intentionally misuse the tool.” The company also re-dedicated itself to “actively” combating other exploits in the future.

It’s worth noting that this particular exploit might have hit close to home, given that Odyssey launched with a suite of pricey microtransactions that offered, among other things, XP and money boosts. They’re still available, alongside others that have come along since. The company has not mentioned that with regard to these player-created quests, however. Instead, it’s focused its messaging on creating an environment in which elaborate stories about gods, men, and, in one tale discovered by Kotaku’s Joshua Rivera, Sith Lords can thrive.

“Story Creator Mode was designed to be a tool for players to let their creativity and imagination run free as they build their very own Stories to share with others,” said Ubisoft. “We want to focus on rewarding creativity by highlighting quality quests.”

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#2 Posted by lundy86_4 (53619 posts) -

I do feel they should be able to limit these kind of things in a game that doesn't make you want to pull your eyes out with constant grinding... However, this is AC, and UBI have run it into the f*cking ground. Morons.

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#3 Posted by uninspiredcup (34311 posts) -

@lundy86_4 said:

I do feel they should be able to limit these kind of things in a game that doesn't make you want to pull your eyes out with constant grinding... However, this is AC, and UBI have run it into the f*cking ground. Morons.

I would agree with it in MP for sure. But they have no business doing it if it's SP content. It's my game, I bought it, let me do whatever the hell I like with it.

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#4 Posted by Calvincfb (0 posts) -

I abandoned AC after Origins forced me to grind so I could do missions. Most bullshit mechanic ever.

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#5 Posted by pyro1245 (5150 posts) -

Well it's a good thing Ubi games are so uninteresting then.

Dodged a bullet there....

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#6 Posted by lundy86_4 (53619 posts) -

@uninspiredcup said:

I would agree with it in MP for sure. But they have no business doing it if it's SP content. It's my game, I bought it, let me do whatever the hell I like with it.

That's also a completely fair point. These pubs are getting out of hand.

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#7 Posted by djoffer (1425 posts) -

Screw Ubisoft... once this grind starts seeping into the farcry series I will be done with them for good, only good product they have currently..

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#8 Edited by PinkRibbonScars (72 posts) -

It blows my mind that people still support Ubisoft

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#9 Posted by AJStyles (1013 posts) -

I really hate it when companies design these games with extreme grinding/micro transactions and get mad at us when we find ways to speed up the process.

It’s not our fault you made your game so annoying to level up.

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#10 Posted by DragonfireXZ95 (25455 posts) -

Yeah, pretty dumb. I could see this being needed in an MP game, but in an SP only game that features paywall XP bonuses, it's just bullshit.

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#11 Posted by Ant_17 (12712 posts) -

1 - Who mods Ubi games?

2 - Why would you mod Ubi games?

3 - Seems pointless since online games always ban mods.

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#12 Edited by warmblur (2775 posts) -

Greedy bastards

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#13 Posted by sakaiXx (5902 posts) -

Wow I cannot even play the game how I wanted to play it. Thought open world game is about creating my own adventure, I'd love to just power through it but nope.

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#14 Posted by Ten_Pints (3872 posts) -

Ban you from playing your own game in single player? huh?

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#15 Posted by KungfuKitten (26734 posts) -

Yeah and their new ubistore exclusivity sucks ass too. The prices are damn high, without even competing with retail.

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#16 Posted by R4gn4r0k (31421 posts) -

@Ant_17 said:

1 - Who mods Ubi games?

2 - Why would you mod Ubi games?

3 - Seems pointless since online games always ban mods.

These were official 'mod' tools released by Ubisoft themselves.

They released an option to create your own quests in AC, so it's pretty logical people would be all over this.

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#17 Posted by Zaryia (9432 posts) -

WHAT a crock of shit.

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#18 Posted by Sushiglutton (7264 posts) -

It's pretty shocking that Ubisoft didn't think about it before they released the tools. Obviously the first thing people will do is to farm XP. Ubisoft is one of the biggest publishers in the world, how could they have missed it? Embarrassing... If they had solved this preemptively they wouldn't have gotten the same backlash. Oh well...

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#19 Posted by Vaidream45 (2005 posts) -

Gotta sell dem “skip grinding now” micro transactions 😂😂😂