Will Devil May Cry 5 Have Microtransactions?
Recently, it was revealed that the upcoming Devil May Cry 5 will have microtransactions, which is a concept that has proven to be rather controversial to say the least. The exact details of the microtransactions remain unknown at this point in time, but it seems that interested individuals will be able to buy more orbs to make their characters stronger sooner than otherwise possible. Capcom’s claim is that this won’t ruin the balance of the upcoming title.
Instead, it will make it possible for interested individuals to customize their play experience to make it more suitable for their particular preferences. However, it should come as no surprise to learn that there are a fair number of people out there who are less than impressed by this particular line of defense.
Does This Matter?
Currently, there is no real way to say whether Devil May Cry 5‘s microtransactions will matter or not. After all, there is a wide range of microtransactions in a wide range of video games, which is perhaps unsurprising when it is such a powerful tool for video game companies that want to get more money out of the people who are willing to pay for it. However, what has been stated about Devil May Cry 5‘s microtransactions doesn’t exactly sound encouraging at this point in time.
In part, this is because being able to buy orbs for real money doesn’t provide the player with much real value. After all, the players should be able to make their characters stronger anyways just by playing through the upcoming title as normal, meaning that these micro-transactions are essentially just there to encourage interested individuals to play the game less. This is in contrast to new skins, new weapons, and other new content, which might not appeal to all of the players out there but nonetheless offer real value to those who are intrigued.
Second, it should be noted that the lack of exact details about the microtransactions makes it very easy for interested individuals to imagine all sorts of both reasonable and not so reasonable fears. After all, if Capcom wants to incentivize interested individuals to buy orbs, their likeliest option is to make orbs scarcer, which would penalize players with no such interest. Certainly, Capcom representatives have been denying such possibilities, but until there is further proof, words are just words.
Summed up, the existence of this kind of microtransaction for Devil May Cry 5 is less than encouraging. However, it probably won’t have too much of an effect on the number of people who will pick up the upcoming title and play, particularly if it is indeed as inconsequential as Capcom representatives have said.