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Dead Space 3 Will Let You Buy Better Weapons with Real Money

Posted by Sammy Barker

Nickel and dime

No one can hear you scream in space – unless you’ve got a big enough bank balance, of course. Reporting from a recent hands-on session, has revealed that Dead Space 3 will allow you to upgrade your weapons via voluntary microtransactions. You'll be given the option to pay your way out of trouble when you don't have enough resources to craft.

"You can buy resources with real money, but scavenger bots can also give you the currency that you can use on the marketplace," associate producer Yara Khoury stressed when quizzed by the publication. “You don't have to spend [real] dollars."

It’s unclear how much the microtransactions will cost, but Khoury explained that there will be several packs available, each at varying price points. She also emphasised that you won’t be able to purchase everything from the outset. “There are a lot of weapon parts that are only available to buy later in the game,” she said.

This isn’t the first time that publisher EA Games has experimented with additional costs in its blockbuster titles. Last year’s Mass Effect 3 allowed you to splurge on multiplayer booster packs, which rewarded you with better equipment in the process. What’s your opinion on microtransactions? Let us know in the comments section below.


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User Comments (7)



NathanUC said:

"Microtransactions work so well to help overall balance, difficulty, and progress in mmos! Why not console games too!" - No one ever.



Paranoimia said:

I hope this is just for add-on packs and is generally unnecessary, and that they aren't cynical enough to 'fix' the game so that upgrades/ammo purchases become more a requirement than an option.

That said, this game becomes more of a "pass" with every article I read about it. A shame, because the first was epic, and is the only game I have ever re-purchased after selling my original copy.

The second was okay, but (for me) was let down by a ridiculous ending, and to this day I've never bothered completing it.

This 3rd installment has so far not grabbed my interest at all. The co-op element suggests a diminished 'survival horror' vibe. The "Better with Kinect" thing - while thankfully not an issue for PS3 players - has got to be the biggest lie ever told in videogaming history (nothing is 'better' with Kinect, least of all survival horror). And now this potentially disastrous news.



get2sammyb said:

@Paranoimia I'm gradually getting more excited about it, but I wish that they'd return to the series' routes. The original was, as you point out, epic.



rjejr said:

I think this is a great idea, for games that cost 99 cents.



Magi said:

day "never happening" purchase for me. I'm curious how these purchases will affect the multiplayer component. In other words, can I buy a better gun (claws, etc) with cash to give me an advantage over the rest of the players I may be competing with?



Ginkgo said:

Yeah, I don't mind micro transaction for free or cheap games (99c) because that is how they make money. I'm a bit loathed to shell out $70-80 to buy a game and then be asked to pay more for stuff to play it. Isn't that what the purchase price is for?

DLC can fall either way. Some DLC is truly an addition to the game (but the game is intact in its own right) which I welcome, or it can be a huge money grab like Omega for ME3 which still riles me.

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