Will this spread to other platforms as well?
After all their best efforts to ruin the excellent game that is Metal Gear Solid 5 post launch with their anti consumer microtransaction policies, Konami have now decided to go one step ahead- they are introducing an expiry date for all MB coins in the PC version of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain in Japan.
MB coins are the currency that is used to purchase in game FOBs. They can either be earned in game (at an excruciatingly slow rate), or they can be purchased with real world money. Unfortunately, all of them now come with a six month expiry date- what’s more, it doesn’t matter if you earned them in game, or purchased them. Even if you spent money on buying these coins, they will expire in six months, unless you use them, which to me is the worst kind of anti consumer nonsense. At the very least, Konami did have the decency to implement the six month limit going forward, enforced on all MB coins starting today.
Why Konami is doing something like this is as of right now unknown- the fear here is that they eventually plan on expanding this policy to all other versions of the game, as well as to all other regions worldwide. If that happens, then it will truly be a new historic low for the implementation of microtransactions in the AAA video gaming industry.
Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is available now for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC.