Resident Evil 2 Remake Will Have In-Game Purchases

The upcoming Resident Evil 2 remake is going to have in-game purchases, according to the ESRB rating summary. This could mean that the game is going to have some sort of microtransactions. Capcom hasn’t mentioned anything about that, or any premium currency, or anything of the like. After all, in-game purchases do not necessarily mean microtransactions; the keyword being necessarily.

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Resident Evil 2 Remake Will Have In-Game Purchases
Resident Evil 2 Remake Will Have In-Game Purchases

The ESRB rating synopsis of the Resident Evil 2 has been causing ripples in the gaming community. On top of blood, gore, gizzards, cursing, decapitation and dismemberment, what got people talking was this: “In-Game Purchases (PlayStation 4, Xbox One).” Does that mean that the remake of Resident Evil 2 will feature microtransactions? Wouldn’t be the first remake to do so. As we all know, microtransactions are now a dirty word in the gaming community, so this new info has kicked up some dust.

Now, before we all get our panties in a twist, let’s try and look at this calmly. The fact that the ESRB mentions in-game purchases doesn’t necessarily mean microtransactions. As GameRevolution points out, it could be that people will be able to buy the stuff that comes with the higher-tier editions of the game through in-game purchases. This could include the classic retro soundtrack, pre-order items, weapons and skins from the Deluxe Edition, and so on. That’s what the in-game purchases might end up being.

All that said, whether or not I believe in the above is a totally different matter. The only thing that’s keeping me in check is that I can’t possibly see what they could sell for microtransactions, and I’m afraid to think about it too hard. I guess we’ll have to wait for the game to come out to know for sure. The remake of Resident Evil 2 is coming out on January 25th, 2019; the same day when Kingdom Hearts 3 comes out in Japan. Good luck with those odds, lads.

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