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Dead Space 3 Dev: Microtransactions Are For A New Generation

Skeptics say Dead Space 3 will have too much in the way of action and too little in the way of survival/horror elements. Those skeptics aren't big fans of the previously announced microtransactions, either.

But producer John Calhoun says that for the younger crowd, microtransactions are becoming a matter of course. In speaking to CVG, Calhoun is on record saying it's part of the team's strategy to expand the audience for the acclaimed franchise:

"We need to make sure we’re expanding our audience. There are action game fans, and survival horror game fans, who are 19 and 20, and they’ve only played games on their smartphones, and micro-transactions are to them a standard part of gaming. It’s a different generation. So if we’re going to bring those people into our world, let’s speak their language, but let’s not alienate our fans at the same time."

Well, that may be so, but there are a whole lot of older (and perhaps smarter) gamers who aren't the biggest fans of microtransactions. Personally, I'm more about buying a game, playing it, finishing it, and being done with it. I shouldn't have to buy anything extra beyond what I bought the day it came out. But maybe I'm just too old-school or something. Heck, I don't even do DLC, let alone microtransactions.

Related Game(s): Dead Space 3

Tags: dead space 3, dead space sequel, visceral games, ea

1/27/2013 11:06:49 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (13 posts)

WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 28, 2013 @ 12:34:58 AM
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I'm downloading the demo but I'm not expecting much from it. I guess it remains to be seen how series fans will take this, but I'm thinking smartphone game players aren't going to be picking this up ya know? The worst thing we can do is cater to them imo.

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___________
Monday, January 28, 2013 @ 12:46:58 AM
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expand, expand, expand, expand, expand!
did anyone ever stop and think these people who have only played mobile games WOULD NOT BE LOOKING AT CONSOLE TITLES IN THE FIRST PLACE!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
so your adopting a game for nothing really, what your saying someones going to ditch their mobile, go spend several hundred bucks on a console, and a hundred bucks on the game?
and how many are going to do that, to make the changes worthwhile?
f*cking PISSES me off to no end this "expanding audience" BS!
especially because there NOT expanding their audience, people who there trying to cater to would never be looking at the product in the first place!
its like ferrari saying oh hey you know what, german exec cars are becoming really popular with this useless inaccurate voice recognition.
so we have to adopt it too otherwise were going to loose customers.
last time i checked voice recognition would be the LAST thing on someones list looking at a f*cking ferrari!
just because x brand has something a current standard, does not mean everything has to!

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Heartless Angel
Monday, January 28, 2013 @ 1:55:24 AM
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hahahahahaha....me forking over cash of DS3 microtransaction....hahahahaha

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AcHiLLiA
Monday, January 28, 2013 @ 2:01:14 AM
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Idk about this, it ain't exciting to hear.

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Knightzane
Monday, January 28, 2013 @ 2:18:59 AM
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Didn't like the demo. I mean at all. I did not mind the co-op. Everything else is what ruined it. Firstly, it plays like Resident Evil 6. Secondly, theres a crouch button. Thirdly, the whole building gun thing is poorly implemented. IF they think their setting the standard for next then their crazy. As for the age group their going after... Im 20 and i have never spent money on a micro transaction. I don't think i know any who have either. Sigh... I don't want the gaming world to fall apart because of greed.

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CrusaderForever
Monday, January 28, 2013 @ 9:16:44 AM
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I don't care in the least. Let them try to make some extra money. I can tell you Visceral won't get an extra dime from me. As long as I am not forced to spend money and can enjoy the Dead Space Universe for $60 I am happy. I mean you can play this game in SP which is worth $60 if done right. Also, you can play the game in COOP for the same $60. It sounds like there is more options than the previous iterations. Of course it all comes down to story and gameplay. Will they be good enough to over take the previous games? Not sure, but I do know the control, graphics and sound look great to me. I enjoyed the demo and think there is a good base for a great Dead Space game. I want to see how it all ends. Also, I want to support Visceral so that they can keep making Dead Space games. We'll find out soon I guess.


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Raze22
Monday, January 28, 2013 @ 12:18:04 PM

"As long as I am not forced to spend money and can enjoy the Dead Space Universe for $60 I am happy."

That is what everyone is raging about. We don't think they are going to do that or they will eventually go in the wrong direction for this. The industry has already screwed dlc and expansions. Sometimes not even getting free to play right. I don't mind gaming companies making more money, but it shouldn't effect the main product.

People who don't like free to play, definitely aren't going to like fee to play.

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wackazoa
Monday, January 28, 2013 @ 3:01:25 PM

My question is how much is to much? I get that everyone wants money, but it's starting to feel like that is the only goal in the gaming industry. (with the exception of a few) So how much do they need? You can make back your investment and add profit from the regular "old" model. So why try to nickle and dime your consumers to get even more. It's not getting invested back into the games.

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wackazoa
Monday, January 28, 2013 @ 2:56:41 PM
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"they’ve only played games on their smartphones, and micro-transactions are to them a standard part of gaming. It’s a different generation. So if we’re going to bring those people into our world, let’s speak their language"


Dumbest explanation for the use of microtransactions in the history of excuses.

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McClane
Monday, January 28, 2013 @ 4:25:14 PM
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I don't really care, I'll just wait for the complete/extended/hardcore/whatever edition that includes (in most cases) all of the DLC, costume packs, etc. and at a lower price.

I'd love to know how the story will continue but I can wait until said edition comes out, I'm in no rush and definitely no D1P for me.

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Akuma07
Monday, January 28, 2013 @ 6:46:16 PM
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Ummmmmmmmmm

I am 22 and micro-transactions are not a part of my gaming life.... In fact, micro transactions are pretty foreign to me, I don't really like them, and will only spend money if I really like the game.

Honestly, I would only be doing any micro transactions on DS3 if they are worth it, or if they will help me getting the platinum :D

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Condemnedsoul23
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 @ 12:31:52 AM
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I preordered it and I'm sticking with it. It's pretty much the only real survivor horror game out there and the previous installments were great. Although it is possible this one sucks like Ninja Gaiden did compared to previous installments, I highly doubt it. Mirotransactions are optional and as such people have a choice. The fact that it exist doesn't alter the game play anymore than the OPTIONAL dlc does for Borderlands 2. If you're not interested in it, which I'm not, then don't use that feature and just enjoy the game for what it is. This is a natural evolution just like dlc so it doesn't surprise me one bit. Developers want to make money however possible but as long as they don't start snipping away at the main game it doesn't bother me. People will use this service though we all know that.

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xenris
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 @ 2:57:03 PM
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I have come to expect this from the big players in the industry but it doesn't mean it is terribly scummy.

Even if it is optional when you put a player in a position where they can aquire something easier even if its with money a lot of people use that option. I have personally witnessed this first hand in F2P MMOs and shooters where friends and guild mates would straight up buy stuff either out of frustration or envy of another player. I know the system is different in DS3 but it still irks me.

I didn't really like the demo, felt way WAY to much in the action direction and didn't feel like there were survival elements at all. The demo boss was...silly to say the least as well.

Graphics were alright but I dunno, I miss the seclusion, the loneliness and the exploration the first Dead space had. Also DS1 had pretty much no music, in fact I don't think it played any music but its been a while. It did an amazing job of building tension with sound effects, and isaacs breathing and grunts and groins.

I dunno, DS3 feels to much like an action game to me and the pacing is just way faster than previous games.

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