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Assassin's Creed 3 microtransactions 'can save players time', says Ubisoft

Publisher insists that all items can still be earned in AC3 multiplayer

Ubisoft has confirmed that the in-game microtransactions in Assassin's Creed 3 will allow players to buy multiplayer content without needing to earn it.

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On Monday it was revealed that Assassin's Creed 3 will allow players to purchase "Erudito" - named after a mystery group within the game's narrative - within the multiplayer segment of the game.

Though it is unclear what the Eruditos will specifically be used for, they are available in five denominations ranging from a 20 pack for $0.99 to 925 Eruditos for $19.99.

Ubisoft has since told CVG that the Erudito Credits "are a new way of unlocking content in ACIII Multiplayer".

"People who have little time can use Erudito Credits as a shortcut to unlock game items from level 1 to 50," the company said.

Purchasable benefits do not include prestige levels and relics rewards, Ubisoft added.

"This is not mandatory, all items sold in Erudito Credits are also available in Abstergo Credits and can be unlocked through normal progression like previous years."

As noted on the PlayStation Store update, the content is only available from within Assassin's Creed 3; it cannot be purchased from the PlayStation Store.

In September Ubisoft CFO Alain Martinez said it may be possible for the next generation's full priced retail games to learn from the free-to-play model, as item-based content can benefit their profitability.

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