Those of you looking forward to Dead Space 3‘s release on February 5th will be pleased to get an early taste of the game, as a demo is available on Xbox Live right now with the PSN version available later today.
Upon playing the demo, however; Eurogamer has discovered that there are microtransactions within the weapon crafting system, put simply, you can pay real money to get better weapons.
Yara Khoury, Dead Space 3’s associate producer, explained “You can buy resources with real money, but scavenger bots can also give you the currency that you can use on the marketplace, so you don’t have to spend [real world] dollars.”
As of yet it is unknown how much these microtransactions will cost or how much of a benefit it will give the players who fork out the extra cash. Being able to buy additional weapons with real money has become a trend recently, but normally only with free-to-play games, it is not commonly found in a full price release.
Does this seem like a cheap attempt to get more money out of players? Will you be using microtransactions? Let me know in the comments, as I’m sure this will be a divisive topic.
Dead Space 3 releases February 5th on the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.