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Titanfall will not have microtransactions, says Respawn

Friday, 23rd August 2013 16:13 GMT By Dave Owen

Microtransactions have run amok at gamescom, but here’s some good news, as Titanfall developers Respawn have stated quite categorically that that business model just isn’t for them.

Respawn community manager Abbie Heppe spoke to VideoGamer and had a simple answer to the microtransaction question: “That’s not us.”

At the moment the team is focusing on getting the game out before considering where they might take it in the future. Although it seems likely, there aren’t any plans in place just yet to turn Titanfall into a franchise.

Heppe also didn’t rule out the possibility of additional content later in the game’s lifespan, but maintained that these will not be delivered through microtransactions.

This is good news. During gamescom it’s been announced that Battlefield 4, Ryse: Son of Rome, The Elder Scrolls Online, and many other games will include microtransactions.

Titanfall launches on Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC next Spring.

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  1. YoungZer0

    Well, that’s something, isn’t it?

    #1 11 months ago
  2. Darksider123

    How the hell is this news? It’s expected, and retarded if it’s done differently.

    #2 11 months ago
  3. naffgeek

    I would consider it news that a dev has bucked the trend and gone against it’s publishers strategy to not incorporate something that pisses off pretty much every gamer over 16.

    #3 11 months ago
  4. Hcw87

    Microtransactions in BF4? What the hell?

    Please clarify and post what kinds of microtransactions these are. If you can unlock the entire arsenal on day 1 i’m going to be fucking pissed off.

    #4 11 months ago
  5. TheWulf

    Eh, microtransactions aren’t the problem, predatory ones are.

    You can look at something like Marvel Heroes and see that the microtransactions there do absolutely no harm to the game. In fact, I was amazed how fair and ethical Gazillion was being with them. Then they actually went and made it even easier to unlock heroes without using the cash shop. Sometimes I want to hug them for their naivety, because they’re not forcing people toward the cash shop at all.

    I’d say that I hope that they’re going to make enough money to stay afloat, but apparently they’re making money hand over fist with this model. Perhaps because people aren’t stupid, and they appreciate when you actually do give them something awesome for free, and they want to show you their appreciation. That is risky, yes, but it’s been working out for them. The only conclusion I can draw from this is that there are a lot of lovely people playing Marvel Heroes who want to help keep it afloat.

    That’s the thing, see. If you’re not predatory with your mictrotransaction model, then people will be more than happy to open their wallet to give you money. And aside from fixing bugs which have caused bizarre issues, they’ve been buffing rather than nerfing. And even when people complain that a bug fix might have nerfed their character, they’ll listen and do a pass on that character and buff them up in certain areas again to compensate. So they’re doing a really good job, and there’s a very happy consensus.

    So I think it’s unfair to say that microtransactions are a problem — they’re not — but rather that we’ve seen so many predatory business models around that people can forget that it can be done right.

    The Secret World, to be fair to it, also does it right. You can only really get cosmetic stuff and pets on the store. And like Marvel Heroes the game will actually give you the equivalent of game-shop money. Not that far into The Secret World I had a lot of game-shop money just dropped into my lap. So much so that I was able to buy an entire outfit. And I boggled at this, because I was on a free to play account.

    So it can be done right.

    #5 11 months ago
  6. eaglerapida13

    RIP sony

    #6 11 months ago
  7. Beersup

    This game just keeps getting better and better. Clearly the favorite at Gamescom as well.

    #7 11 months ago