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Future Assassin’s Creed Odyssey updates will “fix” the increased Story Creator Mode XP farming quests

Ubisoft has announced that it is currently working on fixes and adjustments to reduce the impact of XP farming quests created via the Story Creator Mode in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. According to the team, over the past few weeks there have been a lot of easy story quests with the sole purpose of letting players gain a lot of XP points easier than originally planned. And, as you may have guessed, Ubisoft is not really happy with it.

As Ubisoft stated:

“Story Creator Mode was designed to be a tool for players to let their creativity and imagination run free as they build their very own Stories to share with others, using a modified version of the tools our own designers used to develop the quests in the game. However, since the launch of the beta we have noticed an increasing flow of “farming quests,” that exploit the tool to get large amounts of XP. 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.

We want to focus on rewarding creativity by highlighting quality quests and we are working on fixes and adjustments to reduce the impact of such farming quests on the player experience. We are also changing Story Creator Mode’s terms of use to prevent creators from publishing these kinds of Stories.”

Now for those that have not played Assassin’s Creed Odyssey yet, Ubisoft has implemented some RPG elements that block players from playing specific story missions until they reach a certain level. The problem here, obviously for gamers and not for Ubisoft, is that some gamers do not want to grind until they can unlock the main missions. For those gamers, Ubisoft is offering a pay-to-win mechanic that allows you to get more experience points from the main quests.

When Ubisoft released the Story Creator Mode, however, gamers were able to create XP farming quests that can be used to level up with ease. Now while this is great news for gamers, it’s not for Ubisoft as it has an immediate – and negative – impact on its RPG/grinding mechanics.

Ubisoft claims that via a new update, XP farming quests will not appear in our automatic recommendation system and that stories that are reported for exploitation or cheating will be hidden moving forward. Furthermore, the team will update its terms of use to reflect the misuse of the tool, and will be sanctioning those who continue to willingly and intentionally misuse the tool.

In short, it’s quite obvious that Ubisoft is not doing this in order to maintain the “quality” of the Story Creator Mode fan quests. I mean, players can choose themselves what fan quests they want to download and play, and no one is forcing them these XP farming quests. The truth is that these XP farming quests completely resolve the grinding that Ubisoft has deliberately introduced to the game, and that’s something that may lower the game’s revenue.