A couple of weeks back, it came to light that some Assassin’s Creed Odyssey players were using the free Story Creator Mode to farm massive amounts of XP and Drachmae for minimal effort, in order to avoid the level grind. Now, Ubisoft is cracking down on the farming exploit, citing the integrity of the creative spirit, and it totally has nothing to do with purchasable XP boosts. Nope.
Basically, people were creating customised quests that, for example, rewarded you with XP and Drachmae just for showing up, letting NPCs do all the actual work. You could then repeat the process, ad infinitum, charging up the levels and unlocking all the good things.
Who cares? It’s a single player game and some people have better things to do than go through the grind. We make fun of you, but we don’t actually care what you do. Ubisoft does, though, so now they’re banning said farming quests.
In a forum post yesterday, Ubisoft announced that they are disappointed with people for abusing their lovely Story Creator, so these farming quests will be hidden in future and removed from automatic recommendation lists (e.g. what’s trending). They’re also being classified as misuse in terms of the user agreement and players found intentionally and willingly misusing the Story Creator will face sanctions.
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.
Yes, it’s all about protecting the purity of artistic expression, especially when it threatens the microtransaction sales for a game that appears to be purposefully grindy.