In the wake of games like Destiny starting to sell experience and class boosters, Ubisoft has decided to tell gamers that there’s nothing to worry about when it comes to microtransactions in Tom Clancy’s The Division. The developer claims that it will never sell what are often considered game-breaking digital goods.
Ubisoft has stated that the microtransactions in The Division will only be for additional game content (stuff for you to actually do) and items that are purely cosmetic. The company has remained quiet about in-game purchases up until now. With so many gamers becoming fed-up with games selling items that alter the state of the game itself, it’s probably wise that Ubisoft has made a move to make a statement to assure gamers that won’t happen with The Division.
Other games have sold powerful weapons, experience boosters, items that increase the amount of in-game currency you can earn, and more. Many believe these digital goods ruin the games by allowing people to essentially pay to become more powerful than other players and beat games with ease.
The bad news, however, is that developers such as Bungie (the team behind Destiny) have also made these kinds of claims in the past only to go back on their word and sell unfavorable microtransactions anyway. The good news is that Ubisoft isn’t under the Activi$ion umbrella which means they may not be as likely to feel pressured to include unpopular microtransactions for the sake of bottom lines.
Nevertheless, nearly all developers make games for profit. So, the likelihood of in-game transactions can never be completely ruled out. Only time will tell if The Division will become plagued with these transactions that are quickly becoming an industry-wide standard.
For now, let’s hope Ubisoft holds true to their word and we will only see cosmetic items and DLC available. Considering the devs have plans to support the game for years, it’ll be interesting to see if they can maintain that business model through and through.