EA CFO Blake Jorgensen clarifies that not all EA games will have microtransactions
Not long ago, there was rumors that EA was planning on putting microtransations in all of their future games, mainly because they said they would have the tech to do so. That doesn't mean every game will have microtransactions.
Blake Jorgensen, EA's financial officer and man with a whimsical last name, clarified at a conference that not all EA games will have microtransactions and the technology brought up is more pointing towards mobile phone games, which are pretty much microtransaction packages at this point.
He went on to explain their strategy, which seems about the same as most iOS game designs. That said, he did say that their non-iOS games would have various things you can buy to add to the game, which I imagine will be similar to Dead Space 3's optional "pay for easy mode" strategy we've also seen from games like Tales of Vesperia, where you you pay money to level up. So basically, nothing out of the ordinary.
Really, this is nothing new, which still has me a mixed of worried and relieved. I'm relieved that EA isn't planning to go bat-shit crazy with microtransactions. On the other hand, this comes off as clarification that the current industry approach to DLC isn't going to change anytime soon. As long as EA doesn't sell game breaking items like Capcom did with gems for Street Fighter X Tekken, go for insane prices for extras or shove in new systems to allow for microtransactions like in Dead Space 3, I'll have no complaints.
I'm feeling pretty much the same as I did before, which isn't good, but hey, it could be WORLDS worse.