Ubisoft’s not happy that people used the Story Creator Mode to farm XP

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Last month, Ubisoft released the Story Creator mode for its already sprawling RPG Epic, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. The mode allows creators to make and share their own stories. And they have! People have created quests with their own dialogue and own rewards. Those rewards include XP – so, of course, people have been using the mode to effectively cheat the system, making simple quests that dole out XP like a health clinic dishes out condoms.

Ubisoft does not want people to do that. Despite the fact that Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is a single player game and farming a bit of easy XP hurts nobody in the long run, Ubisoft says that doing so will “risk jeopardizing the overall quality, integrity, and purpose of Story Creator Mode.” It also makes their paid XP boosts a little pointless. Anyway, Ubisoft says those who continually abuse the tool for XP gains could find themselves “sanctioned.”

“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.”

As such, Ubisoft will be changing a few things to reduce the impact of XP farming:

  • XP farming quests will not appear in our automatic recommendation system – this includes the Hall of Fame and the trending section.
  • Stories that are reported for exploitation or cheating will be hidden moving forward.
  • Our terms of use will be updated to reflect the misuse of the tool.
  • We will be sanctioning those who continue to willingly and intentionally misuse the tool.

If you’ve used the tool to farm XP, consider yourself scolded.

Last Updated: July 12, 2019

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