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Assassin’s Creed Infinity is coming, here’s why everyone hates it

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More details about Assassin’s Creed Infinity have leaked including details on a battle pass, and fans are unhappy with the news.

The Assassin’s Creed franchise once dominated the open-world sandbox adventure niche. For better or for worse, the franchise became the blueprint for every open-world Ubisoft game since. The franchise has had its fair share of ups and downs, with the latest entry, Assassin’s Creed Mirage, not making a splash but still giving Ubisoft solid sales. 

Still, the franchise’s continued success provides Ubisoft with stability, especially after losing 124 staff members in November 2023. Ubisoft hopes that the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Infinity will help provide some stability. Although details on Infinity are sparse, recent reports paint a concerning future for fans.

What is Assassin’s Creed Infinity?

Assassin’s Creed Infinity is an online hub for games in the franchise.

The project has been in development for over three years but Ubisoft states it won’t just be a hub for games. The presentation will be like the Animus, to further immerse the player into the setting. Upcoming titles that will be part of this include Assassin’s Creed Red, Assassin’s Creed Invictus, and Assassin’s Creed Hexe.

Ubisoft executive producer Marc-Alexis Cote states that Infinity will “evolve through time as our experiences grow and we can connect them more together.”

This glammed-up launcher approach has been gaining popularity in recent years, with notable examples including Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Fans immediately worried that Assassin’s Creed Infinity was a thinly veiled attempt at a live-service experience for the predominantly single-player franchise. Recent leaks reveal that may be the case.

Will Assassin’s Creed Infinity have a Battle Pass?

Assassin’s Creed Infinity will feature “Projects” that reward players for accomplishing in-game tasks.

According to Insider Gaming, it will include a pseudo-battle pass and other live-service offerings. Among them is a shop called “The Exchange” where players can purchase cosmetics for their in-game characters. These will feature weekly and daily rewards, like a typical live-service game. 

Fans worry that these features will negatively affect immersion in the game. After all, this wasn’t the first time Ubisoft inserted live service elements into its single-player adventures. Assassin’s Creed Origins featured microtransactions, a decision fans derided at the time. 

Still, the push didn’t come out of nowhere. Ubisoft has been pushing for the development of more live service offerings for some time now. It looks like with the release of Assassin’s Creed Infinity, every subsequent game will feature just that.

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Written by Gab Hernandez

Gab Hernandez has a particular love for video games that give players control over the narrative direction, such as Divinity: Original Sin 2 and Disco Elysium. Gab spends just as much time playing games as they do gushing about them online to anyone who will listen. Their work has also been seen on TheGamer, Gfinity, and Wargamer, and you can follow them on Twitter / X at @HardlyWorkinGab.

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