2K revealed this week that microtransactions will make their way into Battleborn beginning on Thursday, June 16th. Don’t freak out just yet, though. As of right now, the development team only plans to add cosmetic items to their in-game shop.
Many developers tend to go down a very dark road when it comes to microtransations by adding items that either boost progress or make a player slightly better than others. This is the system that gamers have come to loathe in recent years. There are, however, some exceptions.
In many popular games (in varying genres) the developers add cosmetic-only items that can be purchased. These are items that only alter your character’s appearance – not their performance. This is exactly what 2K is attempting to do with Battleborn.
The microtransaction plans the development team outlined consisted only of skins and taunts for characters. The team stated that they plan to release these kinds of items for all of their game’s characters but the first round will only be available for a select few.
Skins and taunts coming on June 16th will be for:
- El Dragon
- Oscar Mike
- Shayne & Aurox
- Whiskey Foxtrot
How to Purchase Items
If you want any of the new skins or taunts you’ll need to add some Platinum to your account. This is a special in-game currency that’s used within the Battleborn marketplace.
Platinum packs will be available for purchase on PSN store, XBL marketplace, and Steam in varying amounts. 2K currently plans to have 5 different Platinum Packs available. The details of these packs are listed below.
- 230 Platinum – $1.99
- 700 Platinum – $4.99
- 1625 Platinum – $9.99
- 3500 Platinum – $19.99
- 9300 Platinum – $49.99
Each character skin will set you back 420 Platinum and each taunt will cost 230 Platinum. So, in other words, skins will cost around $3.63 each and taunts come in at $1.99 a piece like Pokemon Duel hack.
For now, it doesn’t look like we’ll have to worry about game-breaking items being up for grabs in the Battleborn marketplace. Unfortunately, though, other games have outlined a similar plan only to start adding performance-focused microtransactions at a later date. Only time will tell if 2K sticks to their guns about keeping the marketplace cosmetic-only.