Visceral Games’ John Calhoun has justified the announcement that Dead Space 3 will involve micro-transactions by providing people will the worst possible answer. According to Calhoun “There’s a lot of players out there, especially players coming from mobile games, who are accustomed to micro-transactions… They’re like ‘I need this now, I want this now.’ They need instant gratification. So we included that option in order to attract those players, so that if they’re 5000 Tungsten short of this upgrade, they can have it.”
Can I just add that this is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard by way of justification. Why not just say — well everyone else is doing it, so why the hell not. I don’t begrudge them, if people will pay for it and you can make money on it, why not offer it. But don’t tell me that because gamers expect it, it’s something you need to do. We only expect it because we as a group have grown to realize that you’re going to bleed us dry at any turn.
Oh and they’re not micro-transactions anymore, they’re in-game app purchases and they are totally optional, until they’re not of course. I can’t wait until next year when the new Metal Gear Solid game comes with the in-game app purchase of “end game boss battle.”