Killing Floor 2 Slammed By Negative Reviews After Cosmetic Microtransactions Added

Written by Jon Sutton on Tue, Nov 24, 2015 3:00 PM
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Clearly choosing to wilfully ignore the controversy surrounding the introduction of micro-transactions to Payday 2, Tripwire Interactive has gone ahead and done just that with Steam Early Access title Killing Floor 2. Despite no mention of micro-transactions for customers who've bought the co-op shooter up until now, the next update will bring cosmetic items, payable with real cash through an in-game store called the Trading Floor.

Long-time fans are fuming, and it’s Very Positive rating on Steam is being hit by a torrent of negative reviews. The micro-transactions are just for weapon skins and cosmetic accessories, at least at the moment, and can be found inside crates or USB sticks in-game. Once you've picked either of these items up, you can purchase an encryption key which will unlock a randomised cosmetic item.

Most of the cosmetic content is player-made, so revenue will be split much like with Valve’s titles, with the content creators earning a 25% share of all revenue earned when their item is bought. As you’d expect some content is going to be rarer than others, boosting its price on the market.

I think Snake might be getting a bit carried away there when he called it 'pure unfiltered evil', but I love his sense of drama.

I’m not a huge fan of cosmetics personally so this is no skin off my back, but I can see why it would get many people angry. Where things get a whole lot more controversial, however, are in Tripwire’s future plans...

"All of the content added in Trading Floor at launch will be cosmetic only and not affect gameplay in any way," writes the developer. "In the future we may be adding weapons with new gameplay for sale, but this will appear in the 'Shared Content' area on the server. This means that, if any player on the server has a weapon, then every player on the server will be able to use it."

Once you start messing around with exclusive weapons and gameplay changing elements, this is where it gets a lot more contentious. It’s exactly how it backfired against Payday 2 developer Overkill, who recently added paid micro-transactions themselves.

What’s certainly clear is that Valve is encouraging this behaviour, so Killing Floor 2 and Payday 2 certainly won’t be the last we see of these systems. We’ve seen recently with Valve launching the Item Stores for Rust that it’s thinking of alternate ways to feed gamers additional user-created paid content, having been spectacularly rebuked during the Skyrim paid mods fiasco.

Do you buy cosmetic micro-transactions? Do you have any problems with them? Is this just Valve's attempt to integrate paid mods in a different way? Let us know what you think below!

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23:00 Nov-25-2015

Kavabingo (Steam commentator above) hits it on the head humorously. If a developer is more focused on providing micro-transactions than getting out of Early-Access then people should be wary of what they are funding. I was actually thinking of getting this game too, but I'll now wait to see what Tripwire does next; hopefully more maps, characters, and weapons/tools, and actions instead of skins.

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08:41 Nov-25-2015

o think people should realize that the developers do need money to keep their studio going, so if they publish cosmetics its becuase they werent getting enough money. and besides its just cosmetics nothing else! its just not ok for this game to ever go above 30 dollars/euros for purchase. thats as simple as it gets.

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21:01 Nov-24-2015

I trust tripwire, it was because cosmetic items purchases that allowed Tripwire Interactive to create a lot of free maps and gamemodes. While I do feel doing all of this on early access is really wrong. If they finish the game and add the cosmetic dlc stuff to gain more money to create free Killing Floor 2 maps and gamemode missions then I will be fine with that

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23:16 Nov-24-2015

The people that are complaining may have never known that this was the same for Killing Floor. They use the money for DLC and put partial of the DLC money to make more free content. It is not that hard to understand. 1000 players each buy a 2 dollar cosmetic skin or hat, that is 2000 dollars right there, money goes to devs and rest goes to making free content now imagine 1 or 2 million players each buy a cosmetic 2 dollar hat or skin for character that is 4 million right there that helps all the devs earn some more money at same time making free content

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23:54 Nov-24-2015

Maybe it's more the fact they are releasing them IN EARLY ACCESS. The game isn't even finished. Maybe once the game comes out they can. If they can't afford to devolvep the game and they need microtransactions they shouldn't be doing at all.

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00:14 Nov-25-2015

that is what I said, but If you read the article in kotaku that interviewed Tripwire Interactive. They have been working on the game also, these little cosmetics take no time away and also does not affect the progress of the game itself

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23:30 Nov-25-2015

Then I suppose it makes it a little bit better.

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20:30 Nov-24-2015

Just because other games are doing it doesn't make it right.

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18:31 Nov-24-2015

I've put a little more than I care to admit in to Warframe (not a huge amount, though my brother spends loads in it). I've spent a little money in GTA:Online when it first came out on PS3, and I've spent like £4 in MGS:V.
That being said, these games are finished (well, Warframe practically is), and provide a lot of content already.

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20:07 Nov-24-2015

Warframe's microtransactions are all cosmetics. Very nice to see such a good f2p system. Would really recommend that game

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22:52 Nov-24-2015

All cosmetic? Since when? You can literally pay to double your power in Warframe...

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07:20 Nov-25-2015

True but you can get that stuff ingame too.

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09:54 Nov-25-2015

@Mtlvmp meant that the f2p system in Warframe isn't that good , if you really wanna a good f2p system look at Path Of Exile.....THAT is the best f2p system you will ever see

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18:30 Nov-25-2015

Warframe may appear to be a good f2p but it really is not, this is comming from a guy that spent over 2000 hours in that game, it'a one hell of a grind fest, there is basically nothing else to do other than grind or challange yourself or your teammates, just because you can get most of the stuff without paying doesn't mean you are actually going to get it. Don't get me wrong, i'm not saying it's a bad game, it is quite a fine game and i played it this long because it is charming and fun but that's pretty much all about it

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18:15 Nov-24-2015

well this works just like the cs go economy, and I personaly don´t have a problem with it if they keep it by skins and not turn it into a pay to win.

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18:10 Nov-24-2015

There is nothing wrong with the MT's for the cosmetics, but when a game is still in early access, it's pretty messed up that instead of completing and polishing the game, the devs are worried about adding MT's.

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18:29 Nov-24-2015

I don't even own the game, but that is my only complaint. MT are fine, just finish the damn game first.

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16:55 Nov-24-2015

What's the problem with MTs for purely cosmetic upgrades that don't give advantages to player? This is fan overreaction here.

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17:57 Nov-24-2015

People are angry that after such a great release that the dev's have been more focused on adding paid micro transactions then actually improving and adding content to the game.

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16:47 Nov-25-2015

Why can't they be doing both? They can be polishing their product and still be using 5-10% of their time to design a Santa hat for players who want to pay.

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16:19 Nov-24-2015

I don't mind cosmetic micro-transactions as long as it doesn't give players an advantage.

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16:11 Nov-24-2015

"I think Snake might be getting a bit carried away there when he called it 'pure unfiltered evil'."


I think he doesn't. Micro transactions are in not a single circumstance good for a game. So if one decides to 'add micro transactions', then one is 'pure unfiltered evil'.

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16:25 Nov-24-2015

They're not good, I agree. I don't think I would call adding small in-game purchases to a videogame pure unfiltered evil though.

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16:39 Nov-24-2015

It's to exaggerate. Of course there are much worse things going on than some game dev adding micro transactions. But still, it's a bad thing.

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16:10 Nov-24-2015

I take cosmetic MT over dlc any day.

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16:42 Nov-24-2015

Over gameplay additions too?

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21:43 Nov-24-2015

Err i don't know...those cosmetic MT doesn't seems doing anything beside making your character wearing a hat

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15:12 Nov-24-2015

After payday update i stoped playing it, i have over 800h, i bought all the dlc's and now they add skins, seriously it has 20+dlcs, and still not enough money for them?

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16:06 Nov-24-2015

It was a fun game, though the developers showed their "true" intentions for their community. When we complained, they didn't even care. As if having €130,- worth of DLC isn't enough yet! But ehh,.. user-review has gone down from ±95% to 75% and is still dropping. I still wonder why GD didn't make an article about it

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