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Halo 5

Halo 5's REQ Packs have already raised $500K for the World Championship


Someone has money to burn
Nov 04
// Jordan Devore
Halo 5: Guardians had the biggest Halo launch yet, according to Microsoft, "with more than $400 million in global sales of [the game] and hardware." It's the fastest-selling Xbox One exclusive. With that in mind, I've been cu...
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Payday 2

Payday 2's latest update addresses complaints about the microtransactions


But it doesn't really change much
Oct 21
// Joe Parlock
Remember last week, when Overkill went back on its multiple promises that it would never add microtransactions to Payday 2? Remember the uproar that happened because of it, and rightly so? Well, it looks like Overk...
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A real steal

Payday 2 adding microtransactions after developer said it wouldn't


Shame on you if you thought otherwise!
Oct 15
// Jed Whitaker
Payday 2 developer Overkill once said, "We've made it clear that Payday 2 will have no microtransactions whatsoever (shame on you if you thought otherwise!)," which was true until today's update.  The Black Market u...
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Microaggressions by Kanye

Kanye West hates microtransactions too


No one game should have all those IAPs
Oct 10
// Jed Whitaker
Turns out that undisputed rap god Kanye West got in his zone and let everyone know how he feels about in-app purchases, specifically in kids games. "Fuck any game company that puts in-app purchases on kids games!!! That makes...
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MGS V

You can now buy 'base insurance' in MGS V


Yep, it'll cost real money
Oct 06
// Laura Kate Dale
Forward Operating Bases in Metal Gear Solid V are centers of operation you can set up around the world. These bases can be acquired using in-game premium currency, but it takes an awful lot of it to do anything. Realistically...
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Destiny

Microtransactions are coming to Destiny, but so are 18 new emotes


Shake what the Traveler gave ya
Oct 05
// Alissa McAloon
The Special Order vendor Tess Everis is returning to Destiny, and bringing 18 new emotes with her. The downside? You won't be able to buy the new dances with Glimmer, Destiny's in-game currency. Instead, players will need to ...
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Assassin's Creed

Welp, Assassin's Creed Syndicate will have microtransactions


Oy!
Oct 01
// Chris Carter
Oy bruv, you fancy microtransactions? Ubisoft has announced, that like Unity, the upcoming Assassin's Creed Syndicate will sport microtransactions, which can be used to "save time and accelerate progress." Director Franc...
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Project Spark

Project Spark is dropping microtransactions


Players can earn Microsoft Store credit
Sep 28
// Jordan Devore
Project Spark didn't catch on the way Microsoft hoped it would. The game-creation sandbox is now moving from its free-to-play, microtransaction-supported model to a "free incubation engine." The developers will make one final...
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MGS V

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain's FOB mode is a microtransaction


Forward Operative Base, not Fall Out Boy
Aug 24
// Joe Parlock
[Update: In a statement made to GamesRadar, Konami have clarified that reports of the entire FOB mode needing to be unlocked were incorrect. However, there will be microtransactions to "accelerate" certain parts of it: "[A w...
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Hearthstone Expands

Blizzard announces The Grand Tournament expansion for Hearthstone


With over 130 new cards!
Jul 22
// Jed Whitaker
Blizzard announced today that 132 cards are headed to Hearthstone in an upcoming expansion called The Grand Tournament. New hero power cards are on the way, including Maiden of the Lake, which makes the cost of your her...
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The Phantom Pain

Konami's stance on Metal Gear Solid V microtransactions


And, uh, 40 minutes of footage!
Jun 19
// Jordan Devore
I'm back home from E3 2015 thanks to a too-early flight. I can safely watch this 40-minute demonstration of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain without any guilt trips from Steven. Yes! Straight away, "While it is true that...
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Easy fatalities

Mortal Kombat X's fatalities too hard? Pay to make them easy


You're killing me
Apr 14
// Brett Makedonski
Fatalities are, in most people's opinion, the coolest part of Mortal Kombat. In a franchise about ruthlessly beating up your opponent, fatalities are when these games are at their most brutal -- a blood-drenched pot of gold a...
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Pokmon Shuffle

There's already a workaround to skirt Pokemon Shuffle's microtransactions


That didn't take long
Feb 25
// Brett Makedonski
Pokémon Shuffle isn't Nintendo's initial foray into the seedy underworld of free-to-play with microtransactions. Rusty's Real Deal Baseball did it first, but Shuffle is the first example that drew ire fr...
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Diablo 3

Sorry America and Europe, no Diablo III microtransactions for you


It's probably for the best
Feb 20
// Robert Summa
Blizzard has revealed that their upcoming 2.2.0 patch for Diablo III will include microtransactions. However there's a catch: It won't apply to the Americas or EU regions. So, I guess that leaves everyone else to milk that Di...
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Google

Google to pay back $19 million for in-app purchase settlement


Parents relieved that they can continue to be irresponsible
Sep 08
// Brittany Vincent
In the latest in-app purchase settlement, the Federal Trade Commission is tasking Google with paying back $19 million to those whose children, against their parents' wishes, spent money on in-app purchases in apps downloaded ...
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Just say no

Forza Horizon 2 won't have 'token' microtransactions


Forza Forza!
Jun 17
// Steven Hansen
Forza Horizon 2 creative director Ralph Fulton told Digital Spy that it would eschew the series' microtransaction currency, tokens. "The approach we've taken is that we've designed our game at Playground Games from ...
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DriveClub

Driveclub will have microtransactions, because of course it will


It seems like it's a new staple for racing games
May 13
// Chris Carter
Remember that one conference where that guy was lovingly talking about how realistic Driveclub was, down to the real looking leather on the seats? That's how I imagine executives talking about microtransactions. There's proba...
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Guerrilla job ad points to new IP with online focus


Mentions micro-transactions
Apr 30
// Dale North
Guerrilla Games is hiring, and they say they're looking for online designers for a game they've been working on for a couple of years now. This is for an unannounced IP that will feature "innovative online gameplay." They're ...
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Garden Warfare

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare microtransactions incoming


And that's okay, actually
Apr 28
// Jordan Devore
This week, PopCap will add microtransactions to Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. We knew the day would come and, you know what? It's not a big deal. For those of you not playing this wacky third-person shooter (you're miss...
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Forza

Forza 5 DLC cars can now be accessed without in-game currency


And all 200 launch cars can be rented
Mar 28
// Jordan Devore
Turn 10 Studios is still attempting to win back disappointed Forza fans following its launch of Forza Motorsport 5 in November. In an open letter, creative director Dan Greenawalt has announced more changes for the game relat...
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Microtransactions

Microtransactions made $352 million on consoles last year


More from first-person shooters than 'casual' games
Mar 26
// Steven Hansen
While my default is to rally against microtransactions, some of this data comes from consoles adopting free-to-play schemes wherein you're paying for an aesthetic thing or still paying much less money than you would for a ret...
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Apple paying $32.5M to consumers over in-app purchases


Due to the FTC complaint settlement
Jan 15
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Apple has agreed to provide full refunds to consumers in a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. Apple is paying a minimum of $32.5 million over complaints from consumers that incurred charges when kids would spend mo...
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Fixing Forza

Turn 10 wants to turn around fan perception of Forza 5


'I'm more disappointed in myself that I've elicited this reaction in people'
Dec 13
// Steven Hansen
Dale dug Forza 5, but the Xbox One launch title has been met with the most varied reviews in franchise history. However, creative director Dan Greenawalt, in an interview with Eurogamer, said he is "not really driven by Metas...
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Bravely Default

You can beat Bravely Default without random encounters


This feature should bravely become default in the genre
Dec 11
// Steven Hansen
And it still took over 20 hours! Twitter user @dol_goemon, a Dengeki Online staffer, has Bravely Default: For The Sequel, which released in Japan, Europe, and Australia last week -- it's releasing in North America next year. ...
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Angry Birds Go! has a $125 car because of course it does


Microtransactions gone absurd
Nov 27
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Angry Birds Go! has soft launched over in New Zealand, and Pocket Gamer is giving a nice little break down of how the game plays. Their hands-on has discovered that the game is heavy on microtransactions, one of which include...

Turn 10 responds to Forza Motorsport 5 economy feedback

Nov 27 // Brett Zeidler
Starting this Friday and ending Sunday, all cars will be 50% off (both credits and tokens). Forza 5 VIP members will receive a 2013 Lotus E21 Grand Prix, and if they have already bought that they will receive a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO. Players who have purchased the LaFerrari car pack or car pass will have the LaFerrari placed directly in the garage. For the entire month of December, credit payouts will be significantly increased through Forza Rewards. Turn 10 did not stop there, and issued an apology specifically to players who bought the limited edition of the game and were mislead to believe the 1,250 tokens included with the edition would be enough to purchase any car available in the game, which turned out to not be the case. Sometime between today and December 16, a page will go live that will allow these players specifically to add any car of their choosing directly to their garage. This is definitely a good start, but the vague promise of future permanent changes to the economy simply is not good enough. The presence of free-to-play microtransaction pricing (or microtransactions at all) used to hold back content with the intent of nickel and diming consumers in a $60 game is extremely off-putting and should have never been included in the game in the first place. If anything, these apology programs should be permanent until future revisions to the economy are made. It's a shame, because the game outside of these decisions is really good. Given the franchise's history, it's hard to believe the direction taken with this entry is entirely Turn 10's fault and probably came from higher up at Microsoft. We can only hope they understand this is not the way to go in the future.
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Implementing temporary programs to hold players over for permanent changes
If you've been playing Forza Motorsport 5, you're probably very familiar with the game's awful microtransactions. If not, basically the game uses tokens you buy in-game that can be used to purchase cars if you don't have enou...

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Xbox One

Microsoft's Phil Spencer talks Xbox One microtransactions


'We're still learning'
Nov 26
// Jordan Devore
In an interview with Kotaku about about the 2014 software lineup for Xbox One, Microsoft Studios head Phil Spencer commented about the state of microtransactions on the console. Games like Ryse and Forza 5, which cost full pr...
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Gran Turismo 6 credits

Sony confirms micro-transactions for Gran Turismo 6


Buy cars and parts with cash
Nov 19
// Joshua Derocher
Sony was really excited to show off its new "in-game credits" for Gran Turismo 6 in a recent blog post. These credits "will be purchasable through PS Store or your friendly local retailer". It's a system of made up curre...
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Pokemon

Selling Pokemon as DLC could ruin the series' worldview


Gotta buy 'em all?
Oct 22
// Jordan Devore
In a 4Gamer interview with Pokémon art director Ken Sugimori and director Tetsuya Watanabe translated by Siliconera, the topic of premium DLC came up. It doesn't take much effort to imagine how, in the right (wrong?) h...
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Square Enix

Enhanced Bravely Default getting microtransactions


Enhanced In-Square-ogation
Oct 22
// Steven Hansen
Bravely Default is coming to the United States next year, the UK on December 6. Not only that, but we will be getting an enhanced version of the original game, Bravely Default: For the Sequel. They even managed to make the na...

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