Why Microtransactions Are Bad For Games

This week, a former Sony boss has been sharing his thoughts on microtransactions and he is not a fan…

In a recent AMA on Reddit, former Sony Online executive John Smedley has revealed that the upcoming game from his new studio, Pixelmage Games, will not feature any microtransactions. Smedley went on to state that, right now, the plan is to not include microtransactions in any games the studio makes. When asked to elaborate, Smedley gave the following reason:

“I don’t like microtransactions because I worked on too many games with them. They change the feeling of development to one where you feel like you have to worry about the business instead of the gameplay. That leads to tons of compromises. I hated that.”

 I can totally understand what Smedley is saying, but unfortunately microtransactions are part of the business in today’s industry. While we may not see them in Pixelmage Games, don’t expect anything to change to this lucrative area of the business.

Next up, the PS4 will finally be getting the first-person psychedelic horror game, Layers Of FearBloober Team‘s title, which is already available on Xbox One and PC, lets players “delve deep into the mind of an insane painter and discover the secret of his madness, as you walk through a vast and constantly changing Victorian-era mansion.” I always love a a good horror titles and Layers Of Fear has been getting strong reviews from the community, drawing comparisons to P.T. This is definitely one I will look at when it launches on February 16th.

Microsoft has revealed the latest title to be added to the Xbox One backwards compatibility program. In a post on Major Nelson’s blog, it revealed that 360 games such as Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Soulcalibur and The Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings — the latter being available for free until February 5th — are all available to play on Microsoft’s latest console. Also in the post, it was revealed that titles would no longer be released once a month, but rather as and when they become available. I’m still not seeing any Red Dead Redemption on the list. Come on Rockstar, give it your stamp of approval!

Overwatch may be one of the most anticipated multiplayer games coming in 2016, but gamers are going to have to wait a little longer to get their hands on Blizzard‘s newest IP. While the game is still scheduled for a May release, the PC beta that was due to take place this month has now been delayed. According to game director Jeff Kaplan, the reason for the delay is to allow the studio to include a new game mode in the beta, which is now scheduled for February. Overwatch is also due to come to PS4 and Xbox One, but no details of a console beta is available right now. On paper, Overwatch is not a game that should interest me but I am finding myself drawn in…

I will end this week’s news with the latest game release. They are:

 

 

Enjoy your weekend.

Matt