Casey Hudson recently took to Twitter to divert ganers’ worries away from microtransactions in the new Dragon Age game by bringing up “storytelling”. BioWare has announced that a new Dragon Age game is in development, but no official word on microtransactions making an appearance have surfaced yet.
With BioWare working on both Dragon Age and Anthem, there’s a lot on the team’s plate. Recently it seems to be even more on the team’s plate with the latter game internally discussing microtransactions and loot-boxes and an alleged rumor that might hold some truth to it.
Casey Hudson, general manager, took to Twitter and attempted to divert worries about the new Dragon Age microtransaction concern due to Anthem and a new “live element” rumor.
In the tweet he didn’t specify or deny if the new Dragon Age game will have microtransactions, but instead he tried to stifle worries about it by diverting the “live” concern to a story focused topic.
Reading lots of feedback regarding Dragon Age, and I think you’ll be relieved to see what the team is working on. Story & character focused.
Too early to talk details, but when we talk about “live” it just means designing a game for continued storytelling after the main story.
— Casey Hudson (@CaseyDHudson) January 25, 2018
Many people thought the whole “live” thing in a previous finding that revolves around adding “more ‘live’ elements into the game” was about microtransactions, as reported by US Gamer. That information comes from an alleged rumor about BioWare, which Hudson responded to by saying it relates to “storytelling” and the “main story.”
Many users still responded to Hudson, requesting no microtransactions and to avoid “live” based gameplay because they didn’t want it to turn out like Destiny 2.
Gamers such as myself have actual lives & not much time to play every online game w/ others just to enjoy a damn game! The industry needs all kinds of diverse experiences to stay relevant! Dare you EA to continue down this path offering only these types of Triple A experiences.
— KILL Directive (@KILL_Directive) January 28, 2018
I can tell you right now Mr. Hudson…If there is a single microtransaction it it, regardless if it’s cosmetic or not…I won’t be buying it. And trust me I’m not alone in that regard.
— Christopher Hughes (@XShadedX) January 28, 2018
Please let there be NO loot boxes!
— Coreavus (@Coreavus) January 27, 2018
In some cases it’s bad to jump the gun without actual proof of something being in a game, but given that EA and BioWare have embraced microtransactions in previous games, it’s not surprising some gamers are concerned, especially with the Anthem team supposedly having internal discussions about the live element.
In cases like this one where Hudson did not deny nor confirm if microtransactions will be in the game and instead diverted it to storytelling should be worrisome, especially following the scandal involving EA and DICE’s Star Wars Battlefront 2.
Time will tell what will come of BioWare, this new Dragon Age game and Anthem. But, with all of that said, what do you think BioWare and EA will do to remedy the talk around the new game microtransactions?