open letter on the Steam Forums from OVERKILL Software apologizes to
PAYDAY 2 players for a series of
missteps involving the implementation of
microtransactions in PAYDAY 2 after initially promising they wouldn't be part of
the heist sequel (thanks
VG247). They offer this
video interview hashing things out with a couple of the community moderators
who went "on strike" over the situation, though the
clip runs a couple of hours.
They don't outline any concrete plans on setting things right, but they provide this summary
on where the situation stands right now:
Meeting with volunteer
moderators Ashley and Jones
Today we had a meeting with Ashley and Jones, two of our volunteer moderators.
Ashley and Jones has been collecting questions from the community that we
discussed during the meeting. Two of the topics were stat boosts and the latest
COP reward. We're currently looking into what we can do to make up for the final
COP-reward. Ashley and Jones gave several suggestions from the community that we
are currently discussing internally. Our main goal is to try to find a way to
reduce or remove the random elements of the final reward, whatever that reward
will be. Regarding stat boosts, Ashley and Jones suggested that we introduce
something similar to StatTrak as part of future safes, a feature used in CS:GO
in their cases. This is something we've been thinking about as well, and
something that we will discuss going forward. I must stress however that we
cannot currently make any promises but these are things we will be discussing as
we move forward.
They're sorry all the way to the bank. I bet their revenue stream is higher than ever. People forget that although comparatively few people actually spend money in F2P/P2W games, those people spend so much that these companies actually make more money off of them than through traditional game sales.
I skipped the video and got the Coles notes from the comments. It was the longest, most drawn out non-apology in history apparently. Developers like this don't deserve your money. Dishonesty shouldn't be rewarded.
Basically they were testing the waters to see how many customers would continue to be suckered, but once the backlash spun out of control, it was only then they decided to come out with an empty apology.
Talk is cheap assholes, so until you patch the micro transactions out of the game, GO F*&K YOURSELVES GREEDY PRICKS!!!
They got a BIG black eye from this that probably won’t go away for a long time.