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Battlefield 1 will have microtransactions

Battlefield 1 will feature unknown microtransactions, as well as macrotransactions in the form of map packs

It happened with Star Wars: Battlefront, so would anyone expect otherwise from DICE and EA when Electronic Arts' fourth-quarter earnings report brought up the prospects of bringing micro and macro transactions to Battlefield 1? If you didn't expect it... well... surprise! Micro-transactions and map packs are coming to Battlefield 1.

"Given that in Battlefield 1, you will see both macro monetization opportunities from us like maps and large scale content, as well as micro monetization opportunities, smaller increments of gameplay, and then over time, what you will see from us is elements of gameplay that allow gamers to engage and drive, and extend and enhance their experience, much the way people do with FIFA Ultimate Team or Madden Ultimate Team today. We feel very confident in our ability to deliver that in a way that is deemed valuable by our player, and drives increased engagement over time with them."

- Andrew Wilson - Electronic Arts Inc. - CEO

That's right. Despite heavily critical reception by reviewers and fans over the lack of content in Star Wars: Battlefront, EA DICE's next project will once again feature macrotransactions in the form of map packs. What's worse is that unlike BattlefrontBattlefield 1 will also feature micro-transactions. Fortunately, Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson reassures us that the micro-transactions will not heavily affect gameplay.

"As relates to Battlefield 1 and extra monetization opportunity, taking a step back, any time we think about extra monetization inside an experience, we really think about it on two vectors: One, are we able to provide value to the gamer, in terms of extending and enhancing their experience? And two, are we able to do that in a world where we give them choice? We never want to be in a place where there's a belief that we are providing a pay to win mechanic inside of one of our games."

- Andrew Wilson - Electronic Arts Inc. - CEO

As stated in the above quote, the micro-transactions in Battlefield 1 aren't going to be pay-to-win purchases, but they will undoubtedly be present.

It does bring into question what these features will include if they are not pay-to-win purchases. Will they be skins for vehicles and weapons? New costumes for players? Maybe something to prevent the gangrene that came as a result of fighting in the trenches during World War 1?

Who knows. Only time will tell. Hopefully the base game will have enough content this time around to warrant the macro-transactions though.

What do you think of micro-transactions and map packs coming to Battlefield 1? Are you cynical after Battlefront that these will be sold at the price of a full game in order to have a decent amount of content? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

Published May. 13th 2016
  • Robson_9642
    Seems like the time of pay to buy a great game and have real fun is over, this method of sell half of the game overpriced and than split the other half in several parts to make more money is ridículos, this years will be the last year a buy games, last I bought was uncharted 4 and I heard that there is a single players DLC, totally ridiculous because instead of have full experiente with 60 usd, u get 40% or less, single campaign become a way to cheat customers, and because of all that, I will do my best to my son never touch a controller, congratulations for end with the game industry, greeds ceos
  • David Fisher
    Featured Columnist
    Well, at least Nintendo hasn't figured out how to do micro-transactions fully yet. Only game with anything close to this is Smash Bros., and that's partially worked on by Namco. Then again, Nintendo's not doing so great without the DLC goldmine.
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Associate Editor
    CAN THIS TREND STOP! STOP RIGHT NOW! AND STOP FOREVER!
  • David Fisher
    Featured Columnist
    Could be worse. Could be SSX 2012 all over again. Make you pay DLC to play an actual SSX game. This way EA gets to give you half an FPS game, then you pay for the rest later for double price!
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Associate Editor
    So Star Wars: Battlefront?
  • David Fisher
    Featured Columnist
    DING DING DING! WE HAVE A WINNER! *fanfare*

    That said, I hope that this isn't a repeat case. It'd be nice if they made a good game without giving us half the game for full price. Not going to pre-order or buy until the reviews come in though. Unless I'm writing the review... that's a different story altogether.

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