Capcom have stepped forward to clarify details about Resident Evil: Revelation 2‘s microtransactions controversy, which has been upsetting fans and has left gamers with unanswered questions.
The internet was in an uproar when rumours that the new Resident Evil game would require microtransactions to continue playing after death began to circulate thanks to a Spanish media outlet.
In response, Kotaku contacted Capcom for verification and a representative replied saying that, “There are no micro-transactions [sic] within the main campaign.”
Instead Revelations 2‘s optional Raid mode will require said transactions for players to use ‘life crystals.’
The crystals essentially act as continues (re spawns) in Raid mode when players die. Blue life crystals can be earned through playing daily missions and red life crystals can be bought. The two crystals act the same, but there’s an option to buy if players run out of blue (earned) crystals or don’t want to spend the time earning them. If players have both blue and red crystals, the game will prioritize the blue crystals over the red ones. Again, these are only used in Raid mode and not in the main campaign.
So while the new Resident Evil game will contain microtransactions, it will only be for the game’s Raid mode, which was first introduced in Resident Evil: Revelations.
Raid mode will add an additional 200 missions to the game with increasing difficulty and will be unlocked when players purchase the first episode of the full game. Initially it will have solo and split-screen capabilities only, but will be made online after the final episode is launched.
The main story will be set between the events of Resident Evil 5 and 6. Players will take on the role of Claire Redfield, who first appeared in Resident Evil 2 in 1998. Revelations2 will have a total of four episodes, with the last instalment expected to be released on March 18.
A report from IGN says that Capcom is delaying the new Resident Evil game in order to make slight improvements to it. Fortunately it will only be delayed by one week with the game expected to see released February 25 on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 and Steam platforms.
A sixth Resident Evil film is also in the works and will resume filming in August after a brief delay to accommodate for star Milla Jovovich’s pregnancy.
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