Dying Gentle 2 has been steadily getting updates that not solely improved nearly each side of it, they’ve additionally carefully aligned it with the extra brutal imaginative and prescient of the unique recreation. The sequel’s nighttime is now a lot darker and extra treacherous, its melee fight has been upgraded to be extra visceral, and the weapon results are a lot gorier in comparison with launch.
The sentiment round Dying Gentle 2 has been rising increasingly optimistic amongst the group, on Steam and elsewhere, however that is modified after the sport’s most up-to-date replace. The Summer season Time replace, which got here out lower than every week in the past, was likewise poised to proceed that pattern.
The Summer season Time replace added new weapon animations, the flexibility to skip the prologue, Mod.io help (together with on Steam Deck), numerous enhancements and bug fixes, and even kicked off the Payday 2 cross-over in-game occasion. To date, so good. Besides, that was additionally the replace that launched microtransactions to the sport.
They’re known as Dying Gentle Factors, and each participant will get 500 of them (claimable till October 7). Like its predecessor, Dying Gentle 2’s retailer pages are full of varied DLC bits and add-ons, out there to buy for actual cash. That is how Techland was capable of help the unique recreation for years, and the developer intends to do the identical for the sequel.
Nonetheless, the studio has now determined to implement the identical poorly-received type of promoting objects many different video games have, which is to assign arbitrary pretend cash costs to DLC. For example, you should buy Dying Gentle Factors in packs of 500, 1100, 2300, 3600 and 6500.
As you will have already guessed, bundle costs don’t match these level denominations. Many bundles are priced 550, so that you’d want to purchase two 500 packs (price $5 every), or go for the $10 choice and get 100 free DL Factors.
The intention is for the shop pages to steadily part out current, direct methods of buying bundles with actual cash, and exchange them with Dying Gentle Factors costs. This has but to occur on Steam or the Xbox Store, however the transition has already taken place on PlayStation.
Evidently, the transfer has hit the sport’s status onerous. Dying Gentle 2’s Steam review average turned from Principally Optimistic to Combined, because of an inflow of unfavourable critiques, nearly all of which a response to the brand new microtransactions.
In an FAQ published alongside the launch, Techland mentioned the brand new system is “a simple method so that you can purchase bundles with out the necessity to go away the sport.” It additionally, supposedly, makes issues simpler for the developer, as a result of “we received’t should arrange the bundles on a number of outdoors shops.”
Whereas Techland argues that bundles will supply “extra helpful pricing,” that is not how gamers see it. It is also price noting that Dying Gentle Factors can’t be used to buy story add-ons, solely beauty DLC.
The unfavourable suggestions has been loud sufficient to warrant a response from the developer, although it hasn’t fairly addressed participant considerations.
“So far as we perceive, a giant a part of the frustration stems from the pricing of the bundles and the ensuing leftover DL Factors,” Techland wrote on Twitter.
The answer Techland goes with is figuring out a option to permit gamers to buy objects individually, slightly than in bundles. “This fashion, when you have any spare DL Factors, you may spend them on totally different bundles,” the Tweet defined.
Sadly, this could require the bundle system to be reworked, which goes to take time.
“In the meantime, as a reminder, there are a number of bundles within the retailer that may be purchased for lower than 500 DL Factors that you would be able to seize now – or you’ll be able to wait till we implement the answer steered above. We’ll carry on gathering suggestions all through the weekend and primarily based on the quantity of questions/considerations, we’ll resolve the very best time to have a [Reddit] AMA,” the developer mentioned in closing.
Techland added that it might modify pricing, and make modifications to the brand new microtransactions mannequin going ahead, primarily based on participant suggestions.