Gears 5 “ahead of the industry” on monetising without loot boxesMultiplayer design director Ryan Cleven says The Coalition has been working on “player-friendly” purchase systems since Gears of War 4James BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefWednesday 21st August 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleThe CoalitionXboxThe developer behind Gears 5 believes the game will set a trend in how AAA games monetise players after launch.Following a demonstration of the expanded Horde mode at Gamescom today, The Coalition’s Ryan Cleven was asked whether the game would include microtransactions.The multiplayer design director reiterated that Gears 5 will have no loot boxes, but does have a store in which players can spend real money on in-game currency Iron, which can be used to purchase cosmetics.There are also two separate systems for gaining content: an unlockable customisation system called Tour of Duty, and then Supply where players get free content just for playing the game. The two content pools are separate. Meanwhile, heroes will be both earnable and purchasable. There will be no season pass.Cleven feels that the system is “a very player-centric, player-friendly way of doing customisation and monetisation.””We really think we’re ahead of the industry here in getting rid of loot boxes and making sure that we can both service people that are looking to accelerate their progression or earn cosmetics using money but also keeping the integrity of the game experience,” he said.GamesIndustry.biz asked how much this new monetisation system has been influenced by the ongoing debate surrounding loot boxes and the backlash this mechanic can provoke. But Cleven claims the controversy had no impact on the direction of Gears 5.Instead, it builds on work begun by Gears of War 4, which introduced similar mechanics where players could both earn and purchase cosmetics. This is something the team has been able to “more fully execute” in Gears 5, since it was a brand new project, but the philosophy was established with the previous title.”We had made that decision before all that happened,” Cleven said. “We were sort of reading the tea leaves, I guess, and we were one of the earliest to adopt card packs inside our game. We thought we’d done it quite elegantly in Gears 4 — some people liked it, some people didn’t. There were other companies and other games that would have done it differently that people were less happy about.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games “We put the challenge to ourselves: can we still provide purchasable things to players that want to purchase and still have the rest of the players really enjoy the system? That was a challenge we set right from the beginning of Gears 5.”This approach was validated as governments and politicians looked deeper into the impact of loot boxes, so the Gears 5 team doubled down on the new system.”We just felt that [loot boxes] weren’t a good fit for Gears and we wanted to be ahead of the curve looking for possible solutions, even before all the controversy.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesApple questions credibility of Xbox testimonyiPhone maker asserts that Microsoft did not produce evidence to back Lori Wright’s claims of unprofitable consolesBy James Batchelor 2 days agoEpic pushed for subscription-free multiplayer on Xbox ahead of Apple battleCEO Tim Sweeney told Xbox boss Phil Spencer that “certain plans for August” would create an “extraordinary opportunity”By James Batchelor 7 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.
Former Prime Minister Alain Juppé was the top performer in Thursday’s debate among candidates vying for the French Right’s presidential nomination in the 2017 election, according to a poll commissioned by Le Figaro, LCI channel and RTL radio.Kantar Sofres surveyed 625 people before and after the two-hour long debate, and found 36 percent preferred Juppé, compared to the 22 percent who thought former French President Nicolas Sarkozy won.The other contenders fell well behind the two front-runners in the poll. Some 11 percent of people believed Former Prime Minister François Fillon or Bruno Lemaire won the night, 3 percent believed the winner was former Environment Minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, 2 percent favored Jean-Frédéric Poisson and only 1 percent Jean-François Copé. “Alain Juppé remains the favorite,” Guillaume Caline, the client service manager of Kantar Sofres told Le Figaro. “This first debate doesn’t change the major balances,” he said. Also On POLITICO 5 takeaways from the French Right’s first debate By Nicholas Vinocur read more
This announcement comes a day after the University announced that no fans would be in attendance at any upcoming Gophers home events. The highly anticipated event had sold out prior to the announcement. Women’s gymnastics meet against Oklahoma latest in cancellationsThe event had sold out prior to news that fans wouldn’t be allowed inside. Paul HodowanicMarch 12, 2020Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintShortly following the announcement that the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament would be cancelled, Gophers athletics announced the women’s gymnastics meet scheduled for Saturday March 14 at 2:30 p.m. against Oklahoma will not be played over growing concern of COVID-19. The meet will not be rescheduled.