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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.