Talks of lootboxes, boosters, cosmetics, and other microtransactions have been hot topics in the gaming community as of late, and the upcoming Obsidian RPG is no stranger to this. Although the game will be published by the newly revealed Take-Two indie label, Private Division, controversy and worry gave rise due to Take-Two’s recent statement of pushing for microtransactions in their upcoming games. Despite this, Obsidian has dispelled these worries by stating no microtransactions of any kind will be present in their game.
In the official forum post by Obsidian, they state that there will be “no microtransactions, of any kind, in our game.” They also dismiss any fears that Private Division might be trying to push microtransactions onto the company by stating that “Private Division has been incredibly supportive of our vision, our creative freedom, and the process by which we work to make RPGs,” says Obsidian in an official forum post. “They have been fantastic partners, and we are extremely excited to work with them through release, to put what we know is going to be an amazing game into as many hands as possible.”
This comes as a surprise because, as stated earlier, Take-Two revealed in a conference call that they wanted to include microtransactions in all of their games, and this might be to follow in the steps of GTAV (the most lucrative video game in US history, achieved through microtransactions). It appears at first that Private Division, while a part of Take-Two, is not going to actively have a push for microtransactions in their published games. Hopefully this move by Private Division is not an exception, and is simply the norm for all of their upcoming games.
Although the post omits any details on the upcoming RPG, Obsidian instead thanked its supporters, saying “We couldn’t do what we do without our fans, and we want you to know that we put you guys first in every decision we make.” At the very least, it’s good to know that a developer truly cares about its dedicated fan base.