When developer Full Circle announced its upcoming Skate title would be free-to-play, fans speculated that microtransactions could play a part in the game. However, the Skate developer has reminded fans that the game won’t have paid loot boxes or monetized advantages.
Loot Boxes in Skate
So, where is all this coming from? Well, Skate is still in its pre-alpha stage, and players have reported that Swag Bags contain cosmetic items and are bought with a currency called Stars.
Playtesters shared their recent experience on Skate with Insider Gaming’s Tom Henderson, which led to a report on the Swag Bags feature. Tom’s article on Swag Bags was met with fear and anger from fans; given the recent history with the game’s publisher Electronic Arts, fans have every right to worry about Skate’s monetization.
Full Circle Ensures Fans of no Loot Boxes
Full Circle took to its Twitter page to remind players that paid loot boxes and pay-to-win microtransactions will not be in its upcoming game.
— skate. (@skate) January 26, 2023
During the first episode of The Board Room, producer Cuz Perry and his team talked about its exclusion of paid loot boxes. In addition, the group mentioned that Skate wouldn’t have areas locked behind a paywall or paid gameplay advantages. However, there will be microtransactions in the game, but the developers are following strict guidelines regarding in-game purchases.
“When we decided to explore this model, we made some hard rules to follow.”
While Full Circle didn’t outright dismiss the Swag Bags mechanic, it seems no real-world money will be needed to enjoy Skate.
Skate is coming to both last-gen and current-gen consoles and PC later this year. You can also sign up for the beta here.
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