Assassin's Creed 3 will allow players to buy credits to unlock high level multiplayer items, if an Xbox Live Marketplace product listing snapped by WorthPlaying is any indication.
The "Erudito Credits" in question are available in doses of 20, 50, 155, 380 and 925 - the most expensive pack sets you back 1600 MP, or £13.60ish. They've also been spotted on PlayStation Network (thanks, Eurogamer). "Buying this pack will grant you 925 Erudito Credits in-game, allowing you to acquire some game items, disregarding your current level," notes the Xbox Live marketing copy.
The obvious comparison, on the strength of the evidence so far, is Mass Effect 3, where players can dispense dosh on booster packs containing special weapons, gear and ammo. All the items concerned can also be earned the old-fashioned way, by cranking out the XP.
There's nothing to suggest that Erudito Credits will be available in Assassin's Creed 3 single player. Still, the suggestion of such potentially balance-wrecking functionality in multiplayer is bound to raise a bit of heat. We'll tap Ubisoft for comment - in the meantime, let us know your thoughts.