Ubisoft’s response to For Honor’s microtransactions situation leaves fans even more angry

By Sherif Saed
23 March 2017 09:18 GMT

The For Honor community is not at the best of terms with the game’s developers right now.

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The only thing For Honor‘s community is sick of more than server issues, is how expensive everything offered in the in-game store is.

Items like character skins, emotes and other cosmetics require a lot of Steel, the in-game currency.

This issue rose to the surface recently after a Reddit user ran the numbers and found out that, given how little Steel payouts the average player gets, it could take years to get everything in the game without paying real money. If you don’t have that kind of time, and who does, your other option is paying over $700 if you want absolutely everything in the store.

“In World of Warcraft, you would never try to unlock everything for all the characters of the whole game.”

Needless to say, this sent the community into a frenzy, prompting Ubisoft to comment. During developer Ubisoft Montreal’s most recent livestream, game director Damien Kieken responded to the controversy, but his response only made things worse.

“We never had an intention for you to unlock everything in the game,” Kieken said, before comparing the store items to what you would have in an RPG.

“In World of Warcraft, you would never try to unlock everything for all the characters of the whole game. Same for any MOBA, you’re not trying to unlock all the content for all the characters in the game.”

Kieken went on to say that before launch, the developer expected most players to only play one to three characters. This also proved to be the case in the real world. “The design is based around that. The cosmetic items are really for us the end-game content: the things we want you to unlock after playing for several weeks,” added Kieken.

The game’s community is not taking this very well. The For Honor sub-Reddit is full of threads where players are sharing their frustration about Ubisoft’s way of handling the game post-launch, calling Ubisoft the worst game company, and having the occasional joke at the game’s expense.

It’s all very disappointing to see. But, truth of the matter is that none of these unlocks offer any gameplay value. Store items only make your characters look cool, whether through animations or outfits. That said, perhaps Ubisoft needs to take another look at the amount of Steel you get at the end of matches.

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