Update November 16, 9:50 AM: it now appears that Achievements will be in Ubisoft's PC games going forward after all. In the same thread, Ubisoft-Woofer posted this:
Just to clarify, the misunderstanding on our part was that achievements had been discontinued - they haven't! The original information was correct, and they are indeed being worked on. Achievements are coming!
If you'd like me to take a look at an open support case you have, please quote the number here so I can take a look into it for you.
So while it took a bit to get clarification, Achievements will still be released on Ubisoft's PC games going forward. Assassin's Creed Valhalla will receive an update on PC at an unspecified future date to add them to the game.
The original article is below:
Ubisoft is becoming embroiled in another controversy, as it appears that they have removed achievements in new games on PC going forward.
As you can see in this thread on the Ubisoft forums, a thread was originally started by user RamsaysaurusRex, who essentially asks why no achievements can be found on the PC release of Assassin's Creed: Valhalla. Eventually, it got an official response from Ubi-Baron, who posted this response:
Apologies for some of the misinformation I provided earlier in the thread, this was due to a miscommunication.
Achievements are not not available for this title on PC, and this is an intended change.
Instead of Achievements for new games on Ubisoft Connect, instead we have expanded the Challenges, which provide XP and other rewards in Ubisoft Connect.
We know that this is a big change for a lot of you, and we appreciate your understanding in the matter
What are Ubisoft Challenges?
Well, they're like achievements but not really. As part of Ubisoft Connect, it has Core and Time-Limited Challenges for players to complete. Once completed they allow the player to collect Ubisoft Connect XP, in-game currency, and unique rewards. Core Challenges are like achievements as they follow the player's progress through the game and can be showed off like achievements. Time-Limited Challenges will give in-game objectives to complete and are renewed on a regular basis. If you want to know what Challenges you can complete you'll have to check out the Time-Limited Challenges list for your specific game.
While it's weird at first, it makes sense. Ubisoft has their own system that is fairly close to achievements, and while I get there are weirdos out there at obsess over achievements, this doesn't seem like too big of a deal. If you want your achievements in AC: Vahalla, do the Core Challenges. If that doesn't work, then look up the achievement list on the consoles and still do them. It's not a big deal, at least for me. Feel free to explain otherwise, though.
What do you think about this change? Do you think I'm wrong about the change not being a big deal? Let us know in the comments!