Last week, Sony addressed concerns about microtransactions in GT6, EA reaffirmed its resolve to fix Battlefield 4, and the release date for AC4's "Freedom Cry" DLC was announced.
Sony Defends Microtransactions in Gran Turismo 6
Microtransactions are always a dicey topic, so it wasn't surprising that gamers got upset when they found out that GT6 was loaded with them. Players can purchase in-game credits with real money to buy cars and other items. The most expensive car available, the Jaguar XJ13, will cost a staggering $196 or 20 million credits.
Sony has defended microtransactions by promising that the purchases will be completely optional and won't adversely affect the game's progression system. Players will have access to all of the items available for purchase by competing in races or event challenges.
"Users have the optional choice to purchase in-game credits in increments of $500,000 through the PS Store to unlock content faster if they prefer to do that, rather than earn them through gameplay. We do not require players to purchase or use purchased in-game currency to experience or progress through the complete game," says Sony.
Battlefield 4 Problems Continue; DLCs on Hold
The problems surrounding Battlefield 4 continue to plague the game more than a month after its release. Now, even the publisher's stock is feeling the pressure. Last week, EA stock dropped more than 8 percent—its biggest dip since March. EA released a statement to reassure customers that fixing Battlefield 4's technical glitches is its main concern right now and saying that no more new content for the game will be released until the issues are addressed.
The statement reads, "We know we still have a ways to go with fixing the game—it is absolutely our no. 1 priority. The team at DICE is working non-stop to update the game. Since the Battlefield 4 China Rising expansion pack was already in the final stages of development by the time issues began with [the title], we decided to fulfill our promise to deliver it this week, but we're not moving forward onto future projects or expansions until we sort out all the issues with Battlefield 4."
Assassin's Creed 4 DLC Arriving Today
AC4's single-player DLC "Freedom Cry" arrives Dec. 17 for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. It costs $10 on its own but is included in the title's $20 Season Pass. The content revolves around Edward Kenway's first mate Adewale and his life after being freed from slavery on Kenway's ship, which spans nine missions. Peep the game's trailer, below.
The DLC will not be released for Wii U. Ubisoft announced in October that they will not be releasing any downloadable content for the Nintendo console.
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