Rod Ferguson of The Coaltion, the new developers of the Gears of War franchise has said that Gears of War 4 will include microtransactions at launch. These can be purchased as card packs, or earned in-game via a points system.
In an interview with Gamespot, Ferguson iterated that none of the items will affect gameplay as such, and why cards in particular were chosen. Those who played Halo 5 Guardians may have an idea of what to expect, or any of EA’s sport titles. However, you won’t be unlocking stronger characters or bigger guns.
“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.'”
“I like the idea of why you buy Magic: The Gathering booster pack,” he added. “If I could just buy the one card I want then I’m out, then you lose it, right?”
Gears 4 won’t be the first game in the series to allow players to purchase cosmetic weapon skins either. Gears 3 added a bunch of packs which were available for fans, and Gears Judgment also had a few available too. Comparing the card system to Blizzard’s Hearthstone, he said:
“That’s I think what we owe the player, is that feeling you get, much like … I think Hearthstone is brilliant at, that idea of the glow, and the voice, and the excitement about like, ‘I want to open packs, and I want to be a part of that engagement. I can’t wait to complete today’s quest so I can go to the paramedic with pack of cards.’ I think that feeds into that engagement.
“I think that’s the same thing we’re trying to do here. 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,” Fergusson said.
Earlier this week, The Coalition and Xbox released a new cinematic trailer for Gears of War 4, which you can see here if you missed it.