God of War Dev says “No Freakin Way!!!” to Microtransactions
2017 was the year where Microtransactions and Loot Boxes got gamers in an uproar. Because of this, player trust has taken a nosedive. This includes many gamers who are waiting anxiously for the next addition to the God of War franchise. Understandably, many are worried that Santa Monica Studios may have joined the Microtransactions bandwagon to increase revenue. Some game Publishers/Developers add “Premium Currencies” and “Loot Boxes” to add a continual source of income for their games. However, purchasing content that isn’t vital to the game for a reasonable price isn’t that bad. An outfit or exclusive preorder bonus bundles, reasonably priced, are okay. But, Premium Currencies in a full-priced game is just greedy. Additionally, Loot Boxes are just predatory…period.
Cory Barlog tweeted he was in Berlin and talking about God of War. Cory is the Creative Director at Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Santa Monica Studio. A fan posted a response asking him about the possibility of microtransactions being in God of War. In the response, he attached screenshots showing a menu screen and some form of currency. Gamers where afraid God of War 4 was going to have a “Premium Currency.” Thankfully, Cory replied with a very short and direct response… “No Freakin Way!!!”
No freakin way!!!
— Cory Barlog (@corybarlog) March 6, 2018
God of War Fans Rejoice
Needless to say, many gamers are happy to hear Cory’s response. Developers do want to make a great game that players will love. However, Publishers want to maximize profits to please their investors. Gamers have looked upon upcoming games with skepticism. So many games have hit the market with some form of additional purchase options. Downloadable Content like Witcher 3’s DLCs offer additional content for a reasonable price. Currently, many developers are weary of adding Loot Boxes to a game if it’s not Strictly “Cosmetic Only.” It’s refreshing to see a developer set aside greed to make a great product. It reminds me of the good days before microtransactions and loot boxes infested the industry.