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Mobile gamers are to blame for micro-transactions in Dead Space 3

Pay to slay

Product: Dead Space | Developer: IronMonkey Studios | Publisher: EA Mobile | Genre: Action, Adventure
 
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A quick note to the console and PC fans reading: if you're looking for someone to blame for the inclusion of "micro-transactions" in spooky sci-fi shooter Dead Space 3, blame us.

Blame mobile gamers.

According to the game's producer, John Calhoun, this upcoming survival-horror game will allow you to buy resources with real-world cash. This is in order to court smartphone players where in-app purchases are a "standard part of gaming".

Blood money

Earlier this week, Eurogamer discovered that Xbox 360, PS3, and PC shooter Dead Space 3 will include micro-transactions.

Here's how they work.

The game features resources like tungsten, semi-conductors, and somatic gel, which you can combine in different ways to fashion new weapon parts, ammo packs, or suit upgrades.

You will find these bits and bobs dotted around the icy planet of Tau Volantis. But, if you're feeling impatient, you can top up on tungsten or source new semi-conductors with real money.

From iPhone to Xbox

Calhoun told CVG: "There's a lot of players out there, especially players coming from mobile games, who are accustomed to micro-transactions. They're like 'I need this now, I want this now'. They need instant gratification. So we included that option..."

The producer was quick to clarify that "everything that can be purchased with real-world dollars can also be purchased with [in-game currency]" and that "we would never make a game you have to pay to win."

Dead Space 3
Please insert 800 Microsoft Points to kill scary alien dude

But, while these purchases might scare off veteran Dead Space players, they are intended to win over a whole new generation of players.

"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," Calhoun said.

"It's a different generation. So if we're going to bring those people into our world, let's speak their language..."

And that language is the language of money.
 

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Mark Brown 25 January 2013
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