One of the studios under Take-Two’s new “Private Division” label is Obsidian Entertainment, with a “yet to be announced project” for it already in the works at the developer. While no one has ever accused Obsidian of being money-hungry, the relationship with Take-Two has raised concerns, enough for the company to nip the microtransaction issue in the bud.
Obsidian’s announcement can be found on the company’s own forums:
We’re extremely excited about our upcoming RPG, and we know you are too. We wish we could tell you all about it right now… but we’re going to hold off until the time is right. What we did want to talk about was a question a lot of you have been raising: “Will this upcoming game feature any lootboxes or other microtransactions?”
The answer is simply: “no.” No microtransactions, of any kind, in our game.
The post goes on to say that Private Division has been “incredibly supportive of our vision, our creative freedom, and the process by which we work to make RPGs” and are “fantastic partners”.
It’s an odd thing to have to post before your game is even announced, but it seems the recent unpleasantness with EA and Battlefront II was enough to put Obsidian (and Take-Two) on the front foot.
The strange times we live in when announcements about removing things or promising not to have them at all is normal.