Saturday 16 December 2017

The Division doesn't have microtransactions. Mostly.

The Division
The Division

Daniel Anderson

Ubisoft is getting ready to release The Division around the world and the game will be mostly free from play to win stuff

The Division is out on the 8th of March and it's been a long road to get here from the initial reveal all the way back in 2013. The game has changed a bit since then and we're only really starting to get our heads around exactly what this combat heavy RPG is going to offer to players, especially on the more single player side of things.

There has also been a fair amount of confusion along the way over microtransactions. This term refers to elements of the game which can be bought with real world money - often as a way to progress quicker in a pay-to-win fashion. Ubisoft has been trying to make it clear that the game won't feature these elements and hasn't necessarily been doing the best job. Here's the latest.

— natchai stappers (@natchai_) February 26, 2016

That's from the games community manager, who should know about this sort of thing and it sounds pretty definitive. However, the game will come with entirely optional DLC and some of those downloads will include cosmetic items which you can buy and put on your player. Now this isn't play to win, which is good, but it certainly is a way for Ubi to make more real world money from those players who want to customise their look. And there are a lot of folks like that around.

Maybe more choice isn't a bad thing but all that really matters is whether the game itself is good, and we'll find out on March 8th.

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