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access_time January 25, 2013 at 11:14 AM in PC/Mac by Joe Roche

Visceral Games Justifies Micro-transactions in Dead Space 3


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.”


  • Andrew Kent January 25, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Yeah, I agree that their reasoning is a bit off but then again we bite their (game developer’s) heads off every time something happens that we (the gamers) don’t like.

  • Ramon Aranda January 25, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    I gotta say; that’s a pretty piss-poor excuse.

  • ohnorobo January 26, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    This is a terrible decision. Mobile games are nowhere near the same as hardcore games. The micro transactions are fine for on the go games on your phone, but should come nowhere near hardcore games. So, we pull all challenge from the games we play and go with the mindset that if we can BUY our way to the ending, that’s acceptable. Horrible, horrible idea.

  • Max $terling January 26, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    micro transactions are usually meant for mobile free to play games. Dead Space 3 is going to set someone back 60 bills. Let’s not forget that you can’t even do the online co-op unless you have EA’s unlock code, so buying the game used is useless. Dead Space 3 should be boycotted.

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