Electronic Art’s CFO Blake Jorgensen made a statement recently that is sure to worry a lot of console gamers. He indicates that the company is having success with microtransactions in its current games and continues to support this method of DLC with next-gen consoles.
They love it so much that all EA titles going forward will have microtransactions in some way, shape or form. Bad news for gamers who like to actually get access to the whole package that a piece of software can offer at the original time of purchase.
“The next and much bigger piece [of the business] is microtransactions within games. We’re building into all of our games the ability to pay for things along the way, either to get to a higher level to buy a new character, to buy a truck, a gun, whatever it might be, and consumers are enjoying and embracing that way of the business.”
Its bad enough we’re getting day one DLC packs and such. I miss the days when expansions were more meaningful and took a considerably time after release. Yes, its always better to have more content as soon as possible. But at the same time it begins to feel like developers and publishers are plotting away how to milk more money out of us long before the game hits shelves with DLC Season Passes, etc.
These microtransactions are only going to make this worse. Can you imagine $60 retail games for next-gen consoles with loads of microtransactions like you find on iOS/Android?