The Division has microtransactions – but only for vanity items

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The Division is out, and its servers are slowly starting to stabilise after a rocky start. When the game was initially being hyped, its designers stated that the game would not have microtransactions – instead being monetised through its initial sale, and through post-launch DLC.

When asked by Eurogamer last month how the game would continue to monetise – through DLC or microtransactions – creative Director Magnus Jensen said the game would be bereft of microtransactions.

“It’s definitely just the one – the DLC,” said Jansen. “I don’t know if there’s a globally agreed definition of the word microtransactions, but you don’t pay to win or advance or anything like that. We have DLC plans – which we’re not talking about now – and obviously you’ll pay for that, but in addition to that there’s no microtransactions, as I define them.”

While that may have been a bit of wayward verbiage, Jensen is mostly right. The game does have microtransactions of a sort though. They’re not available inside the game itself, but if you head to a digital storefront, you’ll find outfits for the game, available for £3.99, or R73 a pack. These costume packs do little other than add cosmetic items, so they don’t increase your characters stats, and certainly aren’t the “pay to win” sort.

These, I find, are the best sorts of microtransactions. They’re completely pointless – but people do love their vanity items, and many will happily scoop them up. Fools and their money, and all of that.

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It is worth noting that Destiny was also released without microtransactions – but as its popularity has waned, developer bungie and Activision surreptitiously started putting them in the game.

Also, Ubisoft says that “All services have resumed normal operation on all platforms” – so you should be able to play the game just fine when you get home from work.

Last Updated: March 8, 2016

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