Sony and Naughty Dog unveil the costs for the forthcoming action-adventure title Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End‘s microtransactions, with the most expensive pricing tier going for $50.
It’s no secret that microtransactions in video games are an extremely divisive issue when it comes to most fans of the medium. As a matter of fact, when the developers at Naughty Dog divulged that Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End would have microtransactions in the title’s multiplayer which would have players spend actual currency for what are called “Uncharted Points,” it definitely raised some eyebrows.
Now, however, Sony’s and Naughty Dog’s reveal of the various pricing tiers for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End‘s microtransactions on the PlayStation Store run the risk of slapping those eyebrows right off of fans’ faces, because the most costly of the bunch is set at $50. While many expected some nickel and dime level fees for Uncharted Points (which are in effect as well), it’s a safe bet that most gamers didn’t anticipate the possibility of folks being able to skip the process of earning them entirely through standard gameplay progression.
Naturally, even if the most expensive set of Uncharted Points listed at $50 didn’t exist, it doesn’t mean that some fans would have been content to buy $10 worth just once. More than likely, those adopting the microtransaction strategy are probably of the inclination to spend as much as possible, and would have made repeat purchases to get as many points as they wanted in the end. So, in essence, developers allowing such high-priced packages to exist really doesn’t matter all that much. In any event, fans can check out Uncharted 4‘s microtransaction prices below:
- 500 Uncharted Points — $5
- 1,500 Uncharted Points — $10
- 3,200 Uncharted Points — $20
- 6,500 Uncharted Points — $35
- 10,000 Uncharted Points — $50
Of course, as many Uncharted 4 fans may be aware, Naughty Dog recently announced that all future DLC maps and modes will be free for all players, so it may leave some wondering what exactly those purchased Uncharted Points can be used to buy. Uncharted 4‘s game designer Robert Cogburn explained that the microtransactions can be bought for “vanity and gameplay items,” but also said that such items can be unlocked in-game, so it simply comes down to the issue of whether or not fans want to spend the time working to achieve the loot, or spend money to get it.
Obviously, these kinds of microtransactions are not a new concept for current generation titles, nor are they inherently harmful to gameplay. For instance, Halo 5: Guardians introduced this type of priced content and its online community is still thriving. Taking all of this into consideration, though, with most Uncharted 4 fans focusing on the game’s single player, the probability of microtransactions negatively affecting the action-adventure release overall is slim to none.
What do you think about the pricing tiers for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End‘s microtransactions? Are you alienated in any way by Naughty Dog’s choice to put them in the game, or is it just a smart business decision on the studio’s part to include them? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is out now and is available exclusively for PlayStation 4.