Metal Gear Online is launching today. We previously checked out the game at this year's Tokyo Game Show. It seems like a lot of fun. You know what isn't fun? Charging people for what's essentially a cheat mode.
The online portion has transactions, yes, but they are optional (more here). That being said, Konami's decision to sell paid in-game insurance for your forward operating base (FOB) is like an Onion article brought to life.
Via the game's official site:
Your FOBs are always at risk of coming under attack. Now, you can rest easy with FOB insurance (paid service). If you sign up for insurance, then during the insurance period you will be compensated for any materials and staff lost due to rival infiltrations. * Staff/materials stolen by the rival will in fact remain on your base, and an identical amount of staff/materials will be handed over to the rival instead. * MB Coins are purchased with real money, but free MB Coins are also distributed periodically as login bonuses, etc. * The following are not covered by FOB insurance: ・Staff/items that are not fully your property, such as abducted staff being held in your Brig (FOB) ・Wounded staff (staff lost due to death or extraction will be compensated) ・Staff used by you to deploy in defence of the FOB (neither death nor extraction will be compensated) ・Nuclear weapons
It's like Konami is running a protection racket.