EA has responded to a so-called “glitch” that allowed players to endlessly farm resources in Dead Space 3 without having to pay for microtransactions.
Gamers who are in dire need of resources in the recently-released survival horror title can purchase packs in-game using real money. According to Kotaku, some players discovered areas where resources were available in abundance for free.
After numerous websites picked up on the story, the folks at EA decided to address the issue in a recent press release. Although many though this exploit would eventually be patched by the publisher, apparently these areas really aren’t glitches at all.
The company explained:
“The resource-earning mechanic in Dead Space 3 is not a glitch. We have no plans to issue a patch to change this aspect of the game. We encourage players to explore the game and discover the areas where resources respawn for free. We’ve deliberately designed Dead Space 3 to allow players to harvest resources by playing through the game. For those that wish to accumulate upgrades instantly, we have enabled an optional system for them to buy the resources at a minimal cost ($1-$3).”
Those who have the time to farm the resources provided by Electronic Arts will never have to drop a single penny on microtransactions if they’re willing to get their hands dirty. However, paying a few bucks for a pack could easily cut down on the amount of time gamers have to devote to collecting these valuable resources.
Complex reports that gamers can farm an endless amount of resources from enemies that respawn in certain areas of the game. Many feel this could be EA’s response to those who were angry that additional resources had to be purchased with real money.
Are you a fan of Dead Space 3? How do you feel about the introduction of microtransactions in a full-price retail game?