Remember when PayDay 2’s Producer Almir Listo said before there will never be micro-transactions in the game, and even shamed those who thought it will happen. Well, that “never” was just for a couple of years apparently.
“We’ve made it clear that PAYDAY 2 will have no micro-transactions whatsoever (shame on you if you thought otherwise!)”
PayDay 2 recently got a Black Market update, which brought with it a buyable drill that lets you crack open safes for random drops of loot. It mainly consists of weapon skins, but the problem is that they change the stats, giving paying players an advantage.
The community immediately espressed their anger, with the official Reddit thread changing its banner, and multiple threads with sarcastic titles, like “Oh yeah, we PAYDAY: Skin Offensive now,” and “Lets change the title of this subreddit to Pay2Day.”
The developer replied via their volunteer Moderator on Steam, saying that they are aware of the criticism, and explained that it’s just an economy system, since it ties in with Steam’s own Community Market. This market lets you sell or trade items with other players, and it is often used in games like Team Fortress 2 and Counter Strike.
“We are *very* well aware that there are very strong opinions from both sides of the fence regarding the Blackmarket Update. In a nutshell for dear viewers, it’s basically an economy system in PAYDAY 2 akin to the ones featured in Valve games such as Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Defense of the Ancients 2.”
“Play game, get safe, buy drill, unlock safe and get cosmetics to show off. Now, the huge controversy that seems to be the main focus is the microtransaction aspect and the stat boosts that some skins will apply when earned.”
“Discussing the update is fine as long as you keep to the normal rules of remaining civil about voicing your opinions. I will raise my concerns and counter arguments at a later time.”
Members of the community even gathered together to leave negative reviews all over the game’s Steam page.