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Forza Horizon and the micro-transaction floodgate

Forza Horizon’s single-player micro-transactions point to a monetization trend that could affect triple-A gaming at its core. You may have to accept the inevitable, says Patrick Garratt.

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Micro-transactions headlines

  • Dust 514 to use micro-transactions, wont require subs to play

    CCP revealed over the weekend at it’s Fanfest event in Reykjavik that it’s upcoming console MMO shooter Dust 514 won’t be requiring subscriptions in order to play the game. However, the game will instead use micro-transactions via a virtual items marketplace. From Eurogamer. Some new shots and impressions of the game went live this morning. […]

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  • Louis Castle departs EA's Westwood Studios for InstantAction

    Louis Castle, co-founder of EA’s Westwood Studios has left the firm for free-to-play games company InstantAction where he will act as CEO. InstantAction specializes in third-party 3D browser-based games funded through advertising and micro-transactions. Castle, who founded Westwood with Brett Sperry in 1985, became general manager of EA’s Blueprint Studios after Westwood was acquired by […]

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  • BattleForge now $29.99 and no subscription fee

    EA has announced new pricing for BattleForge. You can now get the RTS for $29.99 and no subscription fees. That’s $20.00 off the original price. The game comes with four faction decks and 3000 BattleForge points, which allows you to buy an additional 12 booster packs bringing the box total to 160 cards. Use points […]

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  • Dream of Mirror Online to allow same-sex marriages

    Aeria Entertainment’s free-to-play MMO Dream of Mirror Online will give players the option to marry, no matter if couples are the same sex. Virtual wedding bands are available in the game, purchased via micro-transactions. More on GamePolitics.

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  • Episodic move away from "hard goods" desirable, says Zelnick

    Speaking at the Piper Jaffray consumer conference in New York yesterday, Take-Two boss Strauss Zelnick admitted that the company is actively pursuing interests in episodic content, saying the model takes a lot of the risk out of retail. “If we can get a good model for episodic content for high quality titles, that should be […]

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