Despite all of the controversy and odd news that has come out these past few months between famed developer Hideo Kojima and Konami, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain continues unfettered towards it’s scheduled release date in September.
As the industry heads towards E3 next week, Metal Gear Solid V is set to be one of the heavy hitters at the show this year, giving fans of the long running series a greater look at what the ambitious title has in store. During a recent Metal Gear Solid V preview event held by Konami for the media, a resourceful journalist may have stumbled across some new details involving in-game purchases.
Writing for the site LevelUp during the event in Los Angeles, journalist Jorge Arellano took note of a specific aspect of gameplay and an odd error message he encountered while trying to instantly finish a task in game that typically lasted a certain amount of real world time to finish. The posting on the site, while all in Spanish, has been translated by Twitter user @Artemio, potentially revealing how Konami plans to add in microtransactions for purchases in-game.
This information has been backed up by another discovery on the Italian PlayStation Store as an intrepid user discovered that the text at the very bottom of the preorder page for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain says “acquisti in-game opzionali” or “optional in-game purchases” when translated into English. What’s interesting to note here is that, at this point, neither Hideo Kojima or Konami has ever mentioned microtransactions being in this game.
As Microtransactions become a staple of games in this generation, this news shouldn’t be very surprising. Having in-game purchases provides companies with an easy way to gain additional revenue off of the title, to help recover more development costs – even if fans are not always happy to see these added. With this rumor now hitting the Internet, it’s no doubt that fans are eager to see just how much of an impact these microtransactions will have on the core gameplay of Metal Gear Solid V.
Microtransactions have always been a controversial topic for gamers, providing some sort of service for those that are willing to spend real money on virtual items. These transactions typically range from the optional add-ons to some which are a little more intrusive like what EVE Online went through. More recently we’ve seen this behavior in games like Mortal Kombat X which allowed players to purchase tokens granting easy fatalities, or unlocking everything inside of the Krypt area of the game. Either way, this is a trend that doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon.
Who do you feel about this news? Will the inclusion of microtransactions change your opinion on the title?
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is scheduled for release on September 1, 2015 for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and September 15 for the PC.