The controversy surrounding microtransactions in Star Wars Battlefront II has grown to such an extent that LucasFilm, the studio in charge of the Star Wars franchise, has now released an official statement. The company has told The Washington Post that they support EA’s decision to remove the paid features temporarily as they try to solve the issues.
Bungie has revealed that their sci-fi shooter Destiny will soon get is own set of microtransactions. According to the developer, NPC vendor Tess Everis will arrive back in The Tower on October 13 and will offer a storefront that sells 18 different emotes, which can be bought with a new currency called silver. This currency will only be able to be collected through purchases with real-world money on the PlayStation or Xbox online marketplaces, though players will get some complimentary silver to spend to see exactly how the system works.
Microtransactions are something that most gamers associate with the likes of mobile games such as Candy Crush or Farmville. However, the practice has slowly been making its way into mainstream console games for some time. Early Xbox 360 Tiger Woods games included purchases that would boost stats and unlock items, while more recently games such as Pro Evolution Soccer 16 and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain have included them to some degree. We also know that Halo 5: Guardians will contain some form of microtransactions so it seems like their presence is only going to become more frequent in the coming months,
Microtransactions are common amongst free-to-play games as a way for developers to earn money from a product that doesn’t have an initial fee. However, in recent times they have started to become more and more prevalent in fully-fledged titles that are available at retail. So not only are some developers asking you to pay around $60 to play their game but they also want to encourage you to part with more money for bonuses. While the practice is still relatively rare it is becoming more frequent and 343 Industries is the latest studio to jump on the bandwagon with Halo 5: Guardians.