PlayerUnknown, also known as Brendan Green, has released a statement on the controversial choice to bring Microtransactions to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG).
Last month Bluehole and PlayerUnknown revealed that PUBG would be getting premium crates and keys, one of which required a microtransaction in order to unlock. And as you can imagine… players were not happy.
Now, along with the latest patch notes for the game, Greene has released a statement and an apology for the way the change was communicated. However ultimately, microtransactions are here, and here to stay.
“I must admit that our messaging wasn’t very clear, so I extend my sincere apologies for the confusion caused,” Greene wrote. “The process of communicating our intentions precisely to our fans and communities should have been done in a more careful and prudent manner. I’ve learned a lot, and we’ll try to communicate better moving forward.”
The issue here comes mostly from Greene previously saying on record a number of times that microtransactions wouldn’t be coming to the game until it left Early Access. However, this was always a part of the process, apparently, and the addition at this stage of development is for “testing”.
“I do understand your concerns about the system,” Greene wrote, “but I feel testing for a sturdy economy on the Steam Marketplace is necessary at this stage and ultimately beneficial for the game. And once again, this is a purely optional system, and you are not forced into participating if you do not feel like it. You will still get a fully featured game, with a polished Battle Royale game-mode, a wide variety of weapons and vehicles to play with, stat tracking, ranking and leaderboard systems, 2D and 3D replays and much more.”
While there’s definitely concern that the game will shift to focusing more on its marketplace, I guess we’ve just got to hope that Greene sticks to his word. I mean, at the end of the day, they only offer a couple of sweet outfits right now, nothing really worth getting in a tizz about. Right?!