CD Projekt Red, the incredible studio behind The Witcher 3(which we just reviewed on the Nintendo Switch) and the highly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 have not been shy about speaking out against the industry's egregious monetisation practices in the past.
During a recent interview at PAX Australia with the folks at Gamespot, CD Projekt Red studio head John Mamais discussed Cyberpunk 2077 and reaffirmed the studios' position against the use of microtransactions. Mamais hit the nail on the head, stating "I think it's a bad idea to do microtransactions after you release a game. It seems like it's very profitable, though. It's probably a hard decision for the guy that runs the business to decide if we should do it or not. But if everyone hates it, why would we do something like that and lose the goodwill of our customers?"
If you've played any game in the last five years, you've likely encountered more than your fair share of shady money-grabbing systems. More and more games are at the mercy of people in suits and shareholders, who push developers to include ways to further squeeze hard-earned dollars from its player base. While plenty of outlets and gamers are rallying against these morally-defunct practices, the fact that companies are still raking in cash from microtransactions.
It's great to see CDPR sticking to their morals and putting gamers first when it comes to delivering a full experience that doesn't separate the player base based on their willingness to spend more money. Now, if the rest of the industry could take a page out of their book, that'd be just great. Considering how prevalent these practices are though, we still have a long road ahead of us.
The full interview is well-worth a read so jump over to Gamespot and check it out!