Dead Space 3’s launch was over-shadowed by its inclusion of a microtransaction system, allowing players to purchase resources which were required to make and improve weapons in the game. It would seem EA were testing the waters with Dead Space 3 and now all future EA games will include a form of microtransactions.
This information comes from EA’s financial officer, Blake Jorgensen. OXM
spotted a quote from Jorgesen in relation to EA’s plan for micro-payments. “We are building into all of our games the ability to pay for things along the way; to get to a higher level. And customers are enjoying and embracing that way of business.”
while adding “If you’re doing microtransactions and you’re processing credit cards for every one of those microtransactions you’ll get eaten alive. And so Rajat’s team has built an amazing backend to manage that and manage that much more profitably. We’ve outsourced a lot of that stuff historically, we’re bringing all in-house now.”
As the quote suggests, this will be overseen by EA’s chief technology officer Rajat Taneja. He and his team will be a “key feature in moving forward” claims Jorgensen.
This has already caused a fuss amongst many gamers and critics either slating or defending EA’s plans. Some see it as EA simply trying to survive while others see it as an unfair burden upon the consumer, despite what the internet may say, microtransactions are a thing of the future for all EA games.