The long awaited and much hyped Assassin's Creed 3 will allow players to purchase multiplayer content without earning it through game progression, developer Ubisoft has confirmed.

Ahead of its release in North America today (October 30th), Ubisoft revealed that the latest instalment of the franchise will introduce the concept of 'Erudito Credits' - named after a mystery group within the game's narrative .

Gamers will be able to purchase these credits in five denominations - ranging from a 20 pack for $0.99 to 925 Eruditos for $19.99 - in order to unlock content within the multiplayer segment of the game, although it is still unclear exactly what this content will be, reports computerandvideogames.com.

"People who have little time can use Erudito Credits as a shortcut to unlock game items from level 1 to 50," Ubisoft told the website.

"This is not mandatory, all items sold in Erudito Credits are also available in Abstergo Credits and can be unlocked through normal progression like previous years."

Purchasable benefits do not include prestige levels and relics rewards, Ubisoft added.

Meanwhile, the website reports that a handful of early reviews of the game have already been published, despite an embargo being in place until later today.

Official Xbox Magazine Italy gave the game a score of ten out of ten, describing it as an "absolute masterpiece", X360 Magazine awarded it nine out of ten, saying that "there is very little that can compete with its wonderful, lavish, historical playground".

Spanish site Meristation also published a review, awarding the game a score of 8.5.

Although the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game are out in North America today and in Europe tomorrow, unfortunately PC gamers will have to wait a little longer to get their hands on a copy, with the Windows version of the game not due to be released until November 20th in North America and November 23rd in the EU.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801479108-ADNFCR
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