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Dead Space 3 to feature micro-transactions
January 23, 2013, Author: Ariana Hester
Micro-transactions are a game developer’s new best friend.
According to Eurogamer’s latest report, Dead Space 3 will require a special currency (real money) for certain weapons crafting.
In order to craft most weapons, you will need to scavenge for materials, whether they’re picked up by the player, a scavenger bot, or bought through an in-game purchase.
“You can buy resources with real money, but scavenger bots can also give you the currency that you can use on the marketplace, so you don’t have to spend [real] dollars.” explained associate producer, Yara Khoury.
So, thankfully, these scavenger bots can also give you the currency you need for these special items, so you won’t have to use your own money. Speaking from experience, though, the amount of in-game currency you find and the price of needed material will most likely be disproportionate.
Don’t worry about gung-ho gamers upgrading too quickly, Visceral Games has made sure you can’t boost your way to the best weapons at the beginning. That’s at least one plus side.
Most players will likely go unfazed by this addition, regardless whether they choose to use it or not, but there are those (myself included) that feel this is an unnecessary and greedy way for developers to squeeze every penny out of you.
For me it’s the frustration of something that’s just out of reach, dangled in front of you like a carrot. I will happily pay for a full expansion of a game, but paying for minuscule pieces of a game that I already paid for in full just seems frivolous.
With Mass Effect 3 and Assassin’s Creed III successfully integrating micro-transactions last year, you may need to get used to this trend in upcoming games.