received an update that added Story Creator Mode. Released in Beta, this mode allows players to create and share their own massive map-spanning quests, complete with branching narratives and a surprising level of complexity. However, after noticing a surge in easy quests that are simply designed to let players farm experience points, Ubisoft took to their community page to talk about banning them.
“Since the launch of the beta we have noticed an increasing flow of ‘farming quests’, that exploit the tool to get large amounts of XP.” Reads the post from the AC community team. “These exploits risk jeopardizing 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.”
The Community Team then go on to describe that they’ll be hiding these type of quests from now on, stopping them from hitting the Hall of Fame, as well as changing the terms and changing the sanctions applied to offending level creators. There is also brief mention of upcoming changes that will further reward creativity and highlight quality user-created quests.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s Microtransactions
Although not referenced in the statement, it’s also worth noting that a lot of the microtransactions in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey revolve around increasing that rate at which you earn XP or money. (We had a lot to say about it at the time.) There have been some observations that XP farming quests would conflict with Ubisoft’s desire to sell XP boosts in Odyssey’s microtransaction store.
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