Surprise: ‘Battlefield 4’ Now Has Microtransactions

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Fans of EA-published titles will be very familiar with microtransactions by now. From Mass Effect 3’s random reinforcement packs, to the ability to buy resources for Dead Space 3’s weapon-crafting system, and even the chance to get in-game coins for Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare’s sticker packs, it seems as though vamers are never too far from paying to make things that little bit easier.

Now, Battlefield 4 is getting in on the microtransaction gravy train with paid Battlepack options. According to a post on the Battlefield website from developer DICE, the microtransaction Battlepacks will include the same content as the current in-game versions, including “a mix of in-game items including accessories, emblem shapes, profile pictures, dog tags, XP boosts, knives, and paints.”

The Battlepacks come in three varieties: Bronze Battlepacks will cost $1, Silver Battlepacks will cose $2, and Gold Battlepacks will cost $3. The Battlepacks will be available at the Xbox Live Marketplace’s in-game store and the PlayStation Store, as well as through and

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DICE also makes it clear that Battlepacks will still be found, and earned, the old-fashioned way — by playing the game without spending extra cash. The post states that the Battlepacks “can still be earned through normal gameplay progressions.” It also offers a rationale for the microtransactions, explaining that Battlefield 4 is “now giving players the option to purchase Battlepacks as a shortcut to catch up with their friends on the Battlefield.”

Unsurprisingly, few were excited by the news. In a lot of ways, this is seen as adding insult to injury, after gamers have struggled with a multiplayer mode that has been cursed with a wide variety of bugs and server issues from day one. Not to mention, these fans have had continued to support the franchise even as EA executives accuse DICE of “over-promising on Battlefield 4 and knowing about the technical issues before launch.

Some fans may see this as one step forward and two steps back for DICE. They’ve been trying to improve the first-person shooter with recent community testing for PC and have hopefully solved the rubber banding, but this is not the type of community-friendly announcement that wins back gamers. Moreover, with many already voicing their displeasure with regards to EA’s overabundance of microtransaction-fueled products, it will be interesting to see just how well these Battlepacks fare.

Battlefield 4 fans: what do you think of the Battlepack microtransactions? Are you likely to buy some to catch up with friends or give you the edge in-game? Or are you frustrated at another title asking for extra money for content?