Patch 1.6 is bringing a new form of currency in The Division that can only be brought with real money. This is very similar to what some well known MMOs are doing so read on to find out what I think of it.
This move by Ubisoft further enforces my opinion that The Division is indeed a MMO and not just a online third person shooter. Most people that read the word “microtransaction” would rage before they get any more information and that’s pretty much what’s happening here.
The Division is getting a new form of currency that can only be brought with real cash. Ubisoft reassured everyone that the new items coming to the future cash shop will be cosmetic only and won’t affect our gameplay in any way. So why is everyone complaining?
Warframe, Guild Wars 2, Star Wars The Old Republic, and many other MMOs have a feature like this. Guild Wars 2 is the perfect example here because it’s shop is the exact same way. The only thing you’ll most likely buy from the in game shop are new costumes for your character. If this cash is what Ubisoft says it is I have no problem with it because it wouldn’t change my gameplay experience. If the new outfits are priced right I might even buy one or two because I’m a little tired of running around looking like Sam Fisher. I’ve had the same outfit on for about 5 months now so I’ll welcome some new outfits with open arms.
Warframe’s cash shop is more extreme in every way. You can buy weapons, new Warframes, and much more. The fact that it’s only outfits is a good thing in my opinion. If you’re a hardcore MMO player this news might not bother you either because you’re used to seeing cash shops in your games. I can understand if you’re a long time console gamer and you’re not too familiar with cash shops, but you don’t have to buy anything if you don’t want to. No one is forcing you to buy anything. At least it’s not going the Vindictus route and charging us for pretty much everything we need in the game.
It remains to be seen what the future holds for this new feature, but for now I don’t have a problem with it.
What do you think of it?