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The Division Is Getting Microtransactions, But It's Not As Bad As You Think

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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?

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    Jan 29, 2017 4:52 am

    I don’t mind so much in Warframe being as it’s free to play. In something like The Division it’s a little more irritating but not so bad considering they’re only cosmetic. Personally I find the best implementation in none free to play games is where the premium currency can be earned through play.

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      Jan 29, 2017 7:22 am

      Guild Wars 2 was buy to play for years and did the exact same thing. Tera started off the same way, but had a subscription on top of that. 90% of the time in games like this there is other way to earn premium currency. I personally don’t have a problem with this. I want to see what’s in this cash shop before I make up my mind.

      It would be nice to earn the premium currency by grinding though :).

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    The Otaku Judge
    Jan 29, 2017 10:06 am

    My rule for such things is that I don’t mind as long as it’s only cosmetic items, although ideally you should also be able to buy said items with currency made through playing.

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    The Night Owl
    Jan 29, 2017 4:08 pm

    I’d normally not like to have to spend more on items in a game if I have already paid full price for it but if I find that I’m still playing it 12 months later I can see value in contributing a little more to keep it going and get some cool stuff too. 🙂

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      Jan 29, 2017 6:31 pm

      I have 130 hours in The Division so I don’t mind getting something new to wear for a few bucks. It depends on the prices and I don’t think they’ll be too expensive because no one would buy them if they are.

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