EA Clarifies Microtransactions in Games Policies
After causing somewhat of a brouhaha by suggesting all future EA games would include microtransactions, the publisher has backtracked a bit to clarify its plans.
Originally, EA’s chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen mentioned the publisher would have microtransactions in its games. The gaming public erupted in outrage believing every single EA game from this point forward would have microtransactions automatically built in. According to Jorgensen, that’s not necessarily the case.
“I made a statement in the conference along the lines of ‘We’ll have micro-transactions in our games’ and the community read that to mean all our games, and that’s really not true,” Jorgensen told the audience at the Wedbush Technology Conference according to Polygon. “All of our mobile games will have micro-transactions in them, because almost all of them are going to a world where they are play for free.”
That sound you just heard was the console gaming public breathing a sigh of relief. To be fair, microtransactions aren’t necessarily such a bad thing. They can be totally ignored. However, the dependence on such tactics as a money-making device for console games could signal a drastic change in the future of AAA title development.