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Obsidian: No microtransactions or loot boxes in our next RPG

by Mark Tyson on 18 December 2017, 12:01

Tags: Take 2 Games

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Early last month we published a story about an investors earnings call hosted by Take Two, the publisher of GTA 5, among many other titles. During the call Take Two CEO Strauss Zelnick indicated that from now on his firm would solely publish games with “some ability to engage on an ongoing basis” and “recurrent consumer spending”. In other words we should expect, microtransactions, loot boxes, and paid for DLCs. Such ‘recurrent spending’ accounted for 42 per cent of games income in the previous quarter, so the business was just going to follow the money.

Take Two has a new indie studio called Private Label, and one of the titles it will be publishing is Obsidian Entertainment’s next RPG game. Obsidian was the developer of Tyranny, Pillars of Eternity, and Fallout: New Vegas, among others. With people undoubtedly concerned about microtransactions featuring in Obsidian’s next RPG, published under Take Two’s wing, the developers made a statement on Friday.

On the official Obsidian forums an ominously entitled post was published by the developers: ‘A note about microtransactions in our upcoming RPG’. However, the contents of the post quickly calmed the wallet-tingling nerves. After a preamble about how excited the developers are to be working on a new RPG, and how they really can’t talk about it at such an early stage, we got a short and sweet confirmation that there will be “No microtransactions, of any kind, in our game.”

Obsidian went on to say how supportive Private Division has been so far and that there was no pressure “to put anything - microtransactions or otherwise - into our game”. Furthermore, the developer’s creative freedom has been unbridled, thus far, and they want you to know that they always aim to put gamers first.



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*Yawn*
I bet we are going to get lots of these now that the press are interested in microtransactions……a bit of free advertising
They look sad about it…

But what about DLC… maybe they put a load of that…
GinoLatino
They look sad about it…

But what about DLC… maybe they put a load of that…

Can someone at Hexus please put in a less rubbishrubbishrubbishrubbish obvious swear filter replacement? It makes reading posts difficult. What's wrong with with asterisks or single-word replacements?

On topic, announcements like this are just jumping on the bandwagon. If you aren't going to add crates, just don't do it, no need for a press release.
Rockstar the new scummiest developer (Take Two scummiest publisher) who'd have ever thought it a few year ago. They actually manage to compete with EA, Activision and Ubisoft on that front. How the great have fallen
virtuo
Can someone at Hexus please put in a less rubbishrubbishrubbishrubbish obvious swear filter replacement? It makes reading posts difficult. What's wrong with with asterisks or single-word replacements?


Or better still leave out words that trigger the swear filter. The rules are clear https://forums.hexus.net/faq.php?faq=hex_mainrules#faq_hex_swearing

However I have edited the post for clarity