One of the big games at this year's Tokyo Game Show was undoubtedly Devil May Cry 5, which has had fans hyped since its reveal at Microsoft's E3 conference. There was a brand new gameplay trailer showing off some more of Dante's moves, but also some slightly controversial news: The game will feature microtransactions.
Gamespot got hands-on with the game and spotted the microtransactions when using the "Divinity Statue". This is where players will upgrade their abilities using orbs found in the world — but there's also an option to purchase more orbs and expedite the whole process using real life money.
Gamespot then grilled game director Hideaki Itsuno on the subject. Here's his reply:
"With giving people the ability to purchase Red Orbs, it’s something we want to give people as an option. If they want to save time and just want to get all the stuff at once, those people can do that. But on the other hand I don’t feel you have to get all the moves... You should be able to play it the way you want to play it."It's worth noting that this isn't a new tactic for the series — microtransactions also appeared in Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition. It's also worth remembering that even in the wake of all the loot box nastiness of the last year, Assassin's Creed has been quietly firing out these "time-saving" microtransaction options since the beginning of the generation. As long as the microtransactions offer mild shortcuts in single-player games (and don't involve loot-box randomisation), it seems the gaming community is able to accept them.
Devil May Cry 5 is out on PlayStation 4 on March 8th, 2019.
We don't have them yet, but we'll publish a story as soon as we pick up the Devil May Cry 5 trophies.