Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain has many things to make fans of the franchise happy. It looks incredible and has Hideo Kojima’s last hurrah at Konami, it’s poised to do incredibly well. Lately, though, Konami has been making some decisions that aren’t making gamers too happy, and it might just get a whole lot worse.
Over on the Italian PlayStation store, fans can pre-order Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (thanks IGN). According to the listing:
Acquisti in-game opzionali
Even my rudimentary Italian tells me that this means it includes the option for in-game purchases. I tried to find similar listings on other versions of the PlayStation Store, but the various stores around the world were down at the time of writing (I will continue to check and update if this changes).
Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain includes in-game currency called Gross Military Product (GMP) that’s used to upgrade your base. During recent previews, journalists reported that certain features couldn’t be used due to a lack of PSN connection. This combined with the possibility of optional in-game purchases implies that real money might be used to upgrade the Mother Base.
Konami has stated that they plan to move towards mobile rather than console gaming, something that marks a continuing swing away from Japan for console software dominance. While plenty of recent games are including microtransactions as a means of milking lazy players speeding up progression, it’s still a sad thing to hear about in a game like MGS V. Here’s hoping it’s all just a nasty typo or rumour, but I have a bad feeling that Diamond Dogs might cost as much as real diamonds.
Last Updated: June 11, 2015
June 11, 2015 at 10:34
Soon we’re going to have to pay just to move in a game.