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The War Z: You’ll lose real-money items if you die

10 Sep 2012  by   John Robertson
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This is a controversial one.

The DayZ-esque The War Z has have a real-money store that lets you purchase in-game items for hard cash. Not much controversy in that, expect that if you die you’ll lost what you’ve bought. You’ll lose it forever and have to buy it again.

“Yes, you’ll lose what you have in your backpack when you die – both in Normal and Hardcore modes,” Alex Josef, one of the game’s PR reps has confirmed.

“And yes, if you bought something using real money, you’ll lose that item as well. This is a price you’ll have to pay.

“We’ve discussed that a lot and at the end decided that this will provide a pretty good incentive for players to either be extra cautious while playing, or just not spend too much money in the game and, instead, try to procure all items by finding them in the game world.”

Of course, the controversy revolves around the fact that the developers will be taking something away from you that you’ve bought and therefore own in a real-life sense. Sure, you only own whatever it is in the digital realm, but it’s still yours, not only your avatar’s. You’ve purchased it with real-world cash, therefore it really is yours and it’s not for someone else to tell you it’s not anymore.

It also raises an interesting question about how the developers are approaching microtransactions. Will players still purchase items in large numbers in the understanding that they could foreseeable lose them forever, potentially at no fault of their own?


Source: GamingBlend

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  1. derick

    There’se nothing wrong with that. Its just like a refill cup, use all you want, but if you lose the cup than thats it. It may even force people to spend less money, which is good in my eyes

    September 10, 2012 at 4:10 pm

  2. Jendor Genitale

    That is true, but many other games have that feature too. But you can now purchase GC and use even more. Well, i like the GC idea.

    December 19, 2012 at 6:55 pm

  3. mark

    lossed items I’d bought on log in to some spawn campers, I don’t think thats very fair

    August 15, 2013 at 10:15 am

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