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E3 2019: Wolfenstein: Youngblood Microtransactions Don't Let You Buy Upgrades

Setting the record straight.

The next Wolfenstein game from, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, will feature microtransactions. Senior game designer Andreas Ojerfors confirmed this at E3 2019 in an interview with VG247. [Update: In a tweet sent from the official Wolfenstein account, it's been clarified that "you CAN NOT purchase weapon upgrades or ability upgrades with real money" in Youngblood. This disputes the previous indication we got about how microtransactions function in the game. Subsequent tweets say that real-money microtransactions are limited to cosmetics, including skins for your weapons and power suits.]

He explained that players can purchase "gold bars" with real money that can be used as shortcut kits to purchase things like skins and emotes, as well as weapon upgrades and attachments, apparently. These extras can acquired through gameplay, too.

"I've been playing through the game at work for the last two weeks and I haven't done any microtransactions," Ojefors said. "You don't really need to, but they are there if you want to, if you want to speed things up. But I never felt the need to do that. When I play the game it doesn't even cross my mind."

There is no word yet on specific price points or further details on Youngblood's microtransaction system.

The $30 Youngblood launches in July for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. Presumably the microtransaction system will be available on all systems.

GameSpot had an opportunity to play Youngblood at E3 this week. For more, check out our impressions in the story linked below.

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Marky360

This whole Era of selling what basically amounts to cheat codes is dumb. Yes I want to speed up my progression and unlock all the cool shit from the start no I don't want to pay you for it lol 😂

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the_real_spanky

@Marky360: Thanks for your comment. I was worried I'd have to miss out on a game I've been eager to play. But, as soon as you compared these micro-transactions to paying for cheat codes, it seemed less sinister. Like buying a game genie back in the day (which is kind of funny given it was a very different era of selling cheat codes..).

That said, if the micro-transactions are featured prominently and interfere with the gaming experience, it'll remain a hard pass. I'll wait until the reviews are in.

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Marky360

@the_real_spanky:

Ah yes I miss those days GameShark Codebreaker and Action Replay. Now those I would pay for because they were cool as **** and woukd give you cheats in all the games you owned it was awesome 😂 gamers will never know what it felt like back in the day when games were just entertainment and meant to be purely fun and were not considered art or had to be challenging and competitive making something like cheat codes blasphemy lol 😂. I miss those days.

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Good_Coop89

Eugh.

That's all I got.

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Theinformedgamer

I was looking forward to a single player shooter on switch but Bethesda ruined it again. I'm hoping they are not putting microtransactions in doom eternal. I really don't trust him anymore after fallout 76.

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Alican

Automatic no-buy for me after this news

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LTKCentaur

GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH.... No Sir, I don't like it.

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Thanatos2k

Pay to win microtransactions too. Pathetic.

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Lembu90

Say no to microstransactions!

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Carpetfluff

This is what you get when they add co-op. As soon as you get a game where players can see each other...bam...sell them stuff to impress each other. Still, won't make any difference to me and I won't be touching them.

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Enthium

we didnt stop the first one to do this, idiots saying whats the harm now more are are showing up

we only have ourselves to blame

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MrDinghat

That bang was the sound of my head hitting my desk, don't worry.