We've seen stories about the microtransactions in Dragon Ball FighterZ spring up over the weekend, but we didn't want to cover the topic until we could publish our own self-sourced article. However, now that the embargo has lifted on the game, we've quickly put together everything that we know.
Microtransactions have been a big talking point for a while now, and we were a bit disappointed to see them appear in Dragon Ball FighterZ -- a title that is otherwise excellent. So, how do they work? Well, you can spend real money in order to acquire coins. You can then use the coins to purchase capsules, which are essentially loot boxes.
Each capsule contains one random cosmetic item -- and there are a lot of them to collect. Unlocks include alternate character colours (each character starts with six but can unlock an additional six), player titles, player cards, stickers (which are basically reaction images), and lobby avatars. Each and every item has a rarity rating, meaning that some are harder to find than others. During our 30-or-so hours with the game, we didn't get any duplicates.
One capsule costs 10 coins, but we don't yet know the real money exchange rate since the game's servers aren't online.
However, as is usually the case with these kinds of systems, you can also buy capsules with in-game currency known as zeni. You're awarded zeni for almost everything that you do; playing story mode, arcade mode, and even versus mode will net you zeni, so the flow never really stops. We assume that you acquire zeni from fighting online, too.
One capsule costs 1000 zeni, an amount which doesn't take long to get at all. One versus battle, for example, can last less than a minute, and you'll acquire 300 zeni per match. Upon completion, arcade mode gives you a hefty chunk of zeni that's usually enough to buy two or three capsules.
With all this in mind, we're struggling to see why you'd even bother coughing up real cash to buy capsules. It all just feels unnecessary, really.
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