‘Dead Space 3’ To Feature Micro-Transactions

If you’re finding that your weapon isn’t quite doing the job when Dead Space 3 releases next month, EA is including a feature that allows gamers to spend real-world cash in exchange for resources, which can then be spent on bigger and better weapons.

The news comes from Eurogamer, who spotted the “feature” when checking out Dead Space 3 at a press event. The site reports that, if you attempt to craft something that you don’t have the resources for, the game will ask if you want to drop real-world cash.

Of course, you don’t have to pay any money to play Dead Space 3 (apart from the game itself); you can still collect resources through other means including simply finding them or employing the use of scavenging robots.

What you can’t do, however, is buy good weapons right off. When asked whether or not you could buy resources to gain an advantage early on, Dead Space 3 associate producer Yara Khoury gave a firm “no!”

“There are a lot of weapon parts that are only available to buy later in the game. Unless you’re playing through it again [on New Game Plus].”

The reception of the feature will likely be a mixed bag, but this isn’t the first time we’ve seen something like this and it’s not likely to be the last. The free-to-play model has been growing in popularity in the PC market over the past several years, and console firms have been eager to test the micro-transaction waters in full price games.

Are you bothered that Dead Space 3 will have micro-transactions, or are you glad to see it?