Sphinx with dollar signs on her eyes in Dragon's Dogma 2

Capcom Sneaks Microtransactions Into Dragon’s Dogma 2 On Launch Day

Capcom has put microtransactions into Dragon’s Dogma 2 on launch day, and fans are not happy about it.

Typically, single-player games shouldn’t launch with microtransactions. Unfortunately, developers always find a way to put them in any way, and Capcom is no expectation. After all of the reviews went out, Capcom decided to sneak some microtransactions into the game. This has, of course, resulted in an enormous backlash from fans.

Fans Are Unhappy With Dragon’s Dogma 2’s Microtransactions

Fans are understandably upset by the microtransactions Capcom sneaked into the full-priced Dragon’s Dogma 2 at launch. In fact, they’re so upset that the game’s Steam rating has plummeted, reaching a Mixed rating. Well, there goes that Game of the Year nomination. These criticisms are absolutely warranted, as they essentially make slightly grindy features a lot easier.

For example, you can purchase Rift Crystals, an in-game currency that players use to hire more Pawns and get items. You can also get Wakestones, which are used to revive your Pawns in battle. Purchasing both of these with real money makes the game substantially easier, as they are quite rare resources and, therefore, hard to come by naturally.

Dragon's Dogma 2 microtransactions

Of course, they’re not absurdly expensive, ranging from $0.99/£0.79 to $2.99/£2.49. However, that doesn’t really excuse their predatory nature, especially considering the game costs $70/£60 to play in the first place. It’s a shame, as outside of these microtransactions, Dragon’s Dogma 2 was reviewing incredibly well across the board. It has even been compared to Elden Ring and Breath of the Wild for its innovative open-world gameplay.

Will Dragon’s Dogma 2’s Microtransactions Be Removed?

Unfortunately, it seems unlikely that these microtransactions will be removed. This is pretty much par for the course with Capcom, as it shoves microtransactions in games that definitely don’t need them. Of course, video game development is expensive, and Capcom is taking a risk by putting so much money into a series that didn’t sell particularly well the first time around. After all, while the original Dragon’s Dogma is now a cult classic, it still remains a fairly obscure title, all things considered.

However, it’s clearly not paying off, as the outrage of fans may inadvertently hurt sales. It could make those who were initially unsure whether to purchase the sequel to a 12-year-old game they’ve never heard of not buy the game at all. It’s also possible that those who have already purchased it may ask for refunds. Regardless of what happens, it’s a shame and will hopefully not detract from just how fun Dragon’s Dogma 2 can be. Are you annoyed by the microtransactions in Dragon’s Dogma 2? Or are you not surprised? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to check out our Guide Hub for more articles like this.

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