Konami Statements Clear Up The MGS5 Microtransaction Rumours
Microtransactions had been spotted in some of the earliest demos of Metal Gear Solid 5 and sparked wild speculation even back then – mainly because no one wants microtransactions in a full price game as it's something you've already paid full price for. The latest turn of events surrounding the MGS5 microtransactions happened when Gamespot released an image, which you can see above, that showed an FOB (Forward Operating Base – MGS5's PvP mode) purchase option that required real money.
From the image alone it's hard to see what's actually going off, so we decided to hold our tongues on it when this story broke, but now Konami have released two statements that clear up the issue. The one they sent to Gamespot seems to be the most informative:
To clarify, the initial FOB, which includes the FOB command platform and all sub-platforms, is not behind a Mother Base coin paywall. Maintaining other FOBs past the initial set of FOB platforms can be purchased with Mother Base coins. More information regarding the payment model for FOB will be provided closer to launch.
We still don't know what benefits having multiple FOBs will have, so we still don't know whether or not the microtransactions will be foisted upon us. It's pretty clear that Konami are saying we'll get at least one FOB platform as part of the game, so that's a relief at least. The following statement was made to PC Gamer:
Gamespot posted an article following the review that the PVP (FOB) mode in MGSV TPP will be restricted behind a micro-transaction paywall and that is simply not true. The FOB mode will be fully accessible at launch and the micro-transaction layer to that specific feature in the game primarily acts as an accelerator. We'll have more details at launch, but we did try and clear these rumours up when they started circulating during E3. We even addressed this in our official E3 2015 demo when it went live during that show.
Make of that what you will. Should microtransactions be a part of full priced games even when completely optional, or “an accelerator” or should they be kept in free to play games? Let us know in the comments. The situation should become crystal clear on September 1st when the game is released.