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  • Blog Post: Ubisoft’s The Crew Will Include Microtransactions For Car Parts

    Yesterday, Ubisoft released a new gameplay trailer for its delayed racing title, The Crew. The game, which is now slated for fall 2014 on PC and new-gen consoles, will be blending the traditional retail model with mobile-style in-app purchases. Commenting to Videogamer , Ubisoft confirmed that players... More
  • Blog Post: Titanfall Will Be Free Of Microtransactions

    Good news for the budget-conscious shooter fan – Respawn's highly anticipated shooter Titanfall will be free of microtransactions. It seems that all you'll need to get to all the 6v6 mech action is the initial $60 price of admission. The news was made official via a tweet from Respawn's... More
  • Blog Post: Turn 10 Adjusting Forza 5’s Economy Following Fan Feedback

    Last week, we discussed a bit about how microtransactions have stormed Microsoft’s first-party launch titles . The Forza Motorsport 5 community has been especially unhappy about how that title has stepped up the use of in-game credits. Today, developer Turn 10 has responded. The economy will be... More
  • Blog Post: Analysts Say GTA V Will Score $437 Million In Post-Launch Sales

    Grand Theft Auto has pulled in extraordinary sales numbers since it was released last month, reaching the $1 billion mark in its first three days alone. According to a research firm, the game's post-launch haul will surpass $437 million. That last number comes from SuperData , and the firm splits... More
  • Blog Post: EA Brings Home Second Consecutive "Worst Company In America" Award

    I think it's safe to say that Peter Moore is not currently dancing around the EA offices to "We are the Champions." His company has had a rough 2013 so far, and today isn't making it any better. The voting in the final round of Consumerist's " Worst Company in America "... More
  • Blog Post: Microtransactions Could Be Coming to Halo Series

    The topic of microtransactions is a hot one, and Halo 4 executive producer Dan Ayoub says that his team has had their eye on them. Citing the success of Gears of War's cosmetic skins, Ayoub told Digital Spy that, "Halo certainly has the potential for those kinds of things." Microtransactions... More
  • Blog Post: Ridiculous Fishing Devs Answer To The Fans In A Reddit AMA

    Ridiculous Fishing developers, Vlambeer, took part in a Reddit AMA where they sat down to answer some burning questions from their followers. Vlambeer noted that it feels that the free-to-play mobile gaming model is mostly evil and that developers shouldn’t be afraid to charge $3 for a game. "The... More
  • Blog Post: Microtransactions Heading To Call Of Duty: Black Ops II On Xbox 360

    Activision is adding optional "Micro Items" to the Xbox 360 version of Call of Duty: Black Ops II today that will allow players to further customize their multiplayer experience. More details will appear on the official Call of Duty: Black Ops II website later today, but for now you can look... More
  • Blog Post: EA’s Microtransactions Comment Clarified

    It was originally reported that Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen said the company’s plan is to make microtransactions common in all upcoming games – but that was partly wrong. Jorgensen clarified his comments, explaining that upcoming games could have them, not that they all will. "I... More
  • Blog Post: Cliff Bleszinski Defends Microtransactions, EA In Blog Post

    Former Epic designer Cliff Bleszinski took to his blog today to write a long rant on the recent controversy regarding microtransactions - and to talk about the double-standard to which gamers hold EA and Valve. On his blog, Clifford Unchained, Bleszinski didn't mince words on the topic. "The... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: Are Microtransactions Really A Problem?

    Today EA announced that all future projects would feature microtransactions, which has made many gamers irate. But does the move really affect how you play your games? Of course, there are different layers to the problem. Are all microtransactions bad? Are they okay if you only use them in single-player... More
  • Blog Post: Future EA Games Will All Have Microtransactions

    Speaking at a conference, Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen revealed that the company plans to integrate microtransactions into all upcoming titles. At the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media, and Telecom Conference, Jorgensen said: "We're building into all of our games the ability to pay for... More
  • Blog Post: Dead Space 3's Infinite Resources Glitch Won't Be Fixed

    A presumed glitch that allows players to gather infinite resources in Dead Space 3, is actually not a glitch at all, according to developer Visceral Games. The "glitch" was discovered by GameFront (which you can see below), and it allows you to completely bypass the option to purchase resources... More
  • Blog Post: Dead Space 3 Offers Microtransactions, Sky Is Not Falling

    A few sites are reporting that Dead Space 3 includes microtransactions, which provide additional resources for the game's crafting system. Though it may sound alarming at first, this isn't exactly a new strategy for EA. Eurogamer spotted a pop-up message while playing the game, which alerted... More
  • Blog Post: Report: Microsoft Pursuing Free To Play 360 Games

    Recent rumors suggest that Microsoft might support the model with microtransactions. Develop posted a story late last week that offers up some interesting tidbits about upcoming Microsoft plans. Specifically, the report claims that 360 may soon be getting free-to-play games. The article goes on to describe... More
  • Blog Post: Valve: Team Fortress 2 To Be Free-To-Play

    In a surprising move, Valve has revealed that its popular online shooter Team Fortress 2 switching to a free-to-play, microtransaction-driven business model. The news came in an interview by Develop with Valve's Robin Walker. We've been toying with the idea ever since the Mann-conomy update,... More
  • Blog Post: Steam To Support Free-To-Play Games

    Tomorrow will mark the launch of the first free-to-play game on Steam, Valve's digital delivery platform. The service, which dominates digital retail for PC games, has supported microtransactions (Team Fortress 2's famous hats, for example) for some time but had yet to partner up with any fully... More
  • Blog Post: Rumor: Free-To-Play Games Coming To Xbox Live?

    Free-to-play and microtransaction oriented games have taken the industry by storm, especially in the PC marketplace. Now, reports are surfacing that Microsoft's Xbox Live online service -- which has generally been focused on paid titles -- might be embracing free-to-play games in the near future... More
  • Blog Post: EA Exec On In-Game Advertising: "Maybe Those Days Are Over"

    EA's free-to-play general manager Ben Cousins says that in-game microtransactions have taken off, while the money from in-game ads hasn't. He even suggests that in-game advertising could have less of a presence in the future. In an interview with Edge , Cousins admits, "We actually aren't... More
  • Blog Post: EA Partners With Live Gamer For Microtransactions

    One of the world's largest video game publishers is working with the world's premier purveyor of virtual items in games. Live Gamer creates an ecosystem for publishers to include virtual goods into their games. By introducing the ability to include a virtual economy into a game, Live Gamer frees... More
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