Microtransactions Are Great For Game Companies, Less Fun For Players

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One of the suits of armor available in Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla — if you’re willing to pay real money. Screenshot by Elijah Smith/Ubisoft

Screenshot by Elijah Smith/Ubisoft

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, the latest installment in Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed franchise, came out in November 2020. Like most AC games, it was highly anticipated; it sold more copies in its opening week than any other game in the series. Needless to say, fans were excited.

And yet, just over four months after its release, fans are castigating Ubisoft for including and leveraging overpriced, in-game purchases –– more commonly called

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