Yeah, I don't credit them with any compassion or anything, but I'll take what I can get. Whether they're worried about losing sales, upsetting Disney, speeding up the process of getting some gambling regulations in place on this stuff or whatever else, this is still a high-profile backtrack. Hopefully seeing that not even the biggest publisher with the most popular franchise can get away with this kind of rubbish scot-free will keep everyone else honest, for a short time at least. Obviously this isn't going to stop microtransactions in their tracks, but maybe it'll delay the inevitable death of video games by... I don't know, a month or two.
I suppose the other way of looking at it is that EA is selling a game that has no microtransactions at launch, but presumably the same grindy progression curve that was designed to irritate people into buying microtransactions in the first place, so when they do patch those microtransactions in people are going to be even sicker of the grind and even more prepared to get out their wallets. Maybe everything is terrible and nothing will ever be good again.
But before you make that trip down to your local Short Length of Rope store, maybe play Killer is Dead for free thanks to the Humble Store's newest sale.
EDIT - So apparently the CEO of Disney did call the CEO of EA today, and within a matter of hours we had today's little announcement. Don't make Big Daddy Disney upset
And Geoff Keighley says to "Expect the unexpected" at his Game Awards in a few weeks. I'm sure I don't need to tell you guys what that means. But, just in case, DMC5 confirmed, obviously.
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