Dead Space 3 features optional micro-transactions, allowing less patient players to swipe up the most potent weapons and gear early. You can spend your hard-earned on more advanced guns when you visit Weapon Benches, which also allow you to construct those very same guns yourself using in-game resources. Craven money-grab? Harmless shortcut? Or a bit of both?
"You can absolutely choose to ignore the in game micro-transactions," associate producer Yara Khoury told OXM in an interview, following a two-hour hands-on. "I think it's made for people who aren't necessarily as savvy as others with exploration, or maybe they just don't want to spend the time to go and find resources, and they want to maybe upgrade faster."
You'll only be able to buy certain weapons at certain times, however. "Know that we are creating progression in terms of weapon crafting by only making available some weapon parts as you progress through the game. So it's not like 'oh I'm going to spend money now and I can be the most powerful player in Chapter 1.'
"And another thing that is important to know is that you can buy things in the marketplace with in-game currency," Khoury continued. "Things that your scavenger bot gets you. So you don't have to spend dollars if you're a hardcore player and put a lot of hours in - you're going to be rewarded for that."
Scavenger bots? They're these dinky little suitcase droids that double as metal detectors. You can equip one by pressing D-pad up, whereupon you'll be able to follow its radar cone to a spot that's rich in resources. Then, hit the trigger to deploy the bot, which will trundle around scooping up materials unsupervised, and rendezvous with you at the next Weapon Bench you visit.
The trick, I've found, is to do all this without getting pounced on by raging tumours of reanimated bone and gristle. Scavenger bots don't make very good weapons, hand-to-hand or otherwise.
Clumps of resources can also be picked up from lockers and storage cannisters, like ammo and health packs. We'll have more for you on the subject in a preview later today.