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Bill Roper Details Micro-transactions in CO

Posted Thu, Jul 16, 2009 by Savanja

It's not really a huge shock that Cryptic intends to utilize micro-transactions in Champions Online. Most games have a least a little of it these days and it is a feature that tends to get widely used. How deep will micro-transactions go in CO? Bill Roper explains:

Champions Online will support micro-transactions, but contrary to the concerns of some people, the game is not ‘based’ on them. There are the basic tenets for our micro-transactions:

* The vast majority are aesthetic items, such as costume pieces, action figures, emblems, etc.
* A very few are account-level management tools, such as being able to rename a character
* Micro-transactions should never limit your ability to enjoy the game or reach the level cap
* Any micro-transaction that has a game effect can also be earned in the game through play

Also, it’s important to note that the overwhelming majority of micro-transactions are account-wide. This means if you buy a costume piece or an action figure, every character on your account gets it.

Finally, many of the pre-order programs that we’re finalizing now have cryptic points associated with them. This is a way for us to allow our players to choose their own pre-order reward(s) which falls into our whole customization concept for Champions Online.

You can read the rest of Roper's State of the Game to catch up on all of this week's happenings!

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