[UPDATED] Report: Resident Evil: Revelations 2 to Have Checkpoint Microtransactions
Update: Kotaku has posted some follow up information which can be found here. One piece of information confirmed is that the checkpoint microtransactions will be limited to only the Raid mode of Resident Evil: Revelations 2, and not the campaign mode.
Spanish site Mundo Gamers is reporting that Resident Evil: Revelations 2 will feature checkpoint microtransactions.
The site reports that it interviewed Matt Walker, head of production at Capcom Japan, and Michiteru Okabe, a Capcom producer.
During the interview, the subject of microtransactions was brought up, with both Walker and Okabe confirming that it will be featured in the Raid and Campaign modes of the title (note that these quotes were taken from a translation of a Spanish site and may not be 100% exactly what was expressed):
“Yes, Revelations 2 will have microtransactions. You can buy, with real money, weapons, skills and life crystals.
“If, for some reason, you want to pay for the weapons, there is the option.”
Walker and Okabe then elaborated on what ‘life crystals’ were:
“Then there are the life crystals. The checkpoints of Revelations 2, as in Revelations , are at the beginning of the [chapter]. If the [chapter] lasts 20 minutes and [the player] die[s] after 18 minutes, you have to repeat the whole entire section, and this [is not always liked by] everyone, so you can buy some crystals of life through daily challenges or [by] paying with real money [to go] back [to where the player just] died without penalty.
“So [you] do not have to buy anything. If you want to, there it is, but [you] do not have to…whenever you’re enjoying the game. “
So while gamers will have the option to obtain life crystals through ‘daily challenges’, the option to skip that and continue the game immediately will be available with the use of microtransactions.
This is the first time any form of microtransactions have been discussed for the upcoming title.
Resident Evil: Revelations 2 will be released episodically, with the first episode being released for PlayStation 3 and 4 in North America on February 24th, and Europe and Japan on February 25th. Following the PlayStation releases, a worldwide release for Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC is set for February 25th.
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