In a post to their official forum, Obsidian stated that their will be no microtransactions or lootboxes in their upcoming – currently untitled – RPG.
“We’re extremely excited about our upcoming RPG, and we know you are too,” they said in the post.
“We wish we could tell you all about it right now… but we’re going to hold off until the time is right. What we did want to talk about was a question a lot of you have been raising: ‘Will this upcoming game feature any lootboxes or other microtransactions?’
“The answer is simply: “no.” No microtransactions, of any kind, in our game.”
This news follows the announcement that Obsidian will be working with Take-Two Interactive, who published all of the GTA and Bioshock games, via their new publishing label, Private Division.
Pitched as a “a new label from Take-Two Interactive Software publishing games from top independent development studios”, Private Division had been in the works behind the scenes for more than two years before it was announced last week.
However, some fans voiced concern that Obsidian’s association with Private Division would lead to pressure from Take-Two to implement GTA Online or NBA 2K18-style microtransactions in their game.
In response to this, Obsidian said: “Far from ‘pushing’ us to put anything — microtransactions or otherwise — into our game, Private Division has been incredibly supportive of our vision, our creative freedom, and the process by which we work to make RPGs.
“They have been fantastic partners, and we are extremely excited to work with them through release, to put what we know is going to be an amazing game into as many hands as possible.”
Obsidian teased their new RPG last month, but we know they’re currently working on Pillars of Eternity 2, which is expected to come out in 2018.