Injustice 2 Microtransactions Revealed - Source Crystals

Netherrealm Studios have announced the microtransaction system in Injustice 2. According to them, you will be able to spend real money on something called Source Crystals. You can then spend these on Premiere skins, Shaders for altering costume colors and the Transform Gear option. You can also use them to level up a character to 20 after already leveling another character that far.

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Injustice 2 Microtransactions Revealed - Source Crystals
Injustice 2 Microtransactions Revealed – Source Crystals

Recently, the developers of Injustice 2 have revealed and explained how microtransactions will work in the game. According to their post on the Injustice 2 forum, players will have the option of buying Source Crystals with real money. The post explicitly states that the only way to get these is to pay. They’ll be available for purchase on the PlayStation and Xbox One stores. According to the post that the community admin posted, Source Crystals can only be used for cosmetics or saving time, without having any impact on the gameplay. This way, they’ll avoid a pay-to-win situation, keeping the playing field level.

So, what can you do with these Source Crystals? You can spend them in four ways, three of which are cosmetic in nature. The first one is buying Premiere skins, which completely change both the look of your hero and how they speak. Option two is Shaders, which are basically palette swaps for existing costumes. Third, we have the Transform Gear feature. What this does is allow you to apply the look of one gear piece to another. Basically, if you have a piece of gear that has perfect stats for you, but don’t like the look of, you can change that. Think of it as a palette swap for gear.

Another use for the Source Crystals is to save time on grinding. Once you get a character up to level 20, you can spend the crystals on leveling up another character to 20 instantly. Whether or not this will give a pay-to-win edge to players remains to be seen once the game is out.

The gaming community isn’t exactly overjoyed with the news. Many have issues with the vague wording of the post, which in no way details whether or not the Source Crystal features can be unlocked just by playing the game long enough. Most, however, protest the fact that features, even cosmetic ones, are behind a paywall. What’s your take on the issue? Tell us in the comments!

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