If your a fan of Payday 2, you will already know that Overkill Studios have recently added micro-transactions into the game. Called ‘The Black Market’, it gives users the opportunity to purchase special drills at a cost of £1.60, or your regional equivalent. These drill’s are purchased to open certain special safe’s within the game (this is the only way to open them infact) Inside, you will find a random weapon skin, which once equipped will give you a stat boost or can also be sold for extra in game cash if it wasn’t any use to you. more ‘Pay to Win’ than ‘Pay to Play’
However, and its a big ‘However’….. it hasn’t gone down very well with the games users, especially as it had previously been stated that there wouldn’t be micro-transactions added to the game. Steam and Reddit were filled with negative comments almost instantly, in fact it got so bad that the moderators for Payday 2 decided they’d had enough and went on strike. So now what?….The games full of pay to win items that help make the people who can afford it more powerful and annoys the people who cant afford it so much that they may actually stop playing the game, the community is now up in arms over it, everywhere you look there are bad comments and bad reviews and even their own staff have had enough.
Overkill Studios stepped up to the mark, apologised and promised to put it right:
“The past few weeks have been some of the most challenging in the history of this community,Players have been angry with us, media have written about us en masse and our volunteer moderators went on strike. For all the distress we’ve caused the past few weeks, I’d just like to take the time and say that we’re sorry. We’ve done a lot of things right in the past, but these past few weeks we screwed up. We need to get better at many things, and we will do our best to improve as soon as possible.”
They also added:
“We need to get better at many things, and we will do our best to improve as soon as possible.”
Overkill are apparently going to be contacting the moderators and players to sort out their mistakes. At this moment however the micro-transactions are still in game, does this statement mean that they will remove them or at least alter them? So far its unclear exactly what they intend to do to rectify this problem but at least they have admitted there’s an issue, that’s a step in the right direction for the game and especially the fans.