Gears of War 4 developer The Coalition has revealed that their upcoming game will include microtransactions, though they will be for cosmetic items that are acquired through card crates.
The news was revealed in an interview that the developer’s Rod Fergusson did with GameSpot, saying that “I feel like that paradigm of cards is really clear to understand for collectibles, like the ability to collect things. We had weapon skins and character skins, so that idea of collecting cards is just easily understood. It felt like it added some engagement in terms of its not the, ‘Oh, I like Tiger Stripe. I bought Tiger Stripe. I’m done. I don’t need to engage with that system anymore. There’s no need for me to hang around.'”
Thankfully, he notes that everything will be able to be earned through actual gameplay, with the microtransactions only serving to speed up the process. He said “The notion that everything is earnable just through play means the only reason you would ever use real money is when you want to accelerate it. We’re going to be balanced where you’re going to be constantly getting crates, or enough credits to get crates through the game, so it really is just about your choice.”
Gears of War 4 is set to launch exclusively for the Xbox One on October 11th, with the beta for it starting on April 18th.