Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 introduces a ton of new features to the franchise but is now being criticized for its inclusion of micro-transactions. The game includes Game Points, which can be purchased for real money, and which are used in-game to bring in new players. Speaking to IGN, Konami studio head James Cox said that these micro-transactions were simply an alternative for those without time.
“If you don’t have a lot of time, then with microtransactions you can go buy a lot of players that you want. But you also can earn Game Points in the mode and other parts of PES as well. We’re trying to link things together so you can progress and build your team [normally]. The idea is that we’re trying to just give the players the choice of what they want to do. Some people have more time, some people have more money. Some people have a bit of each! Either way, you’ll have the choice.
Cox also revealed that players will get their money’s worth if they do splurge on Game Points. “The general principle is that you will be able to buy the players you want. The exact final mechanic is all still being tuned, but yes – if you want to buy Ronaldo, one way or another, you will be able to do that. And you will be happy with what you spend your money on.”
PES 2015 will be out in Q3/Q4 of this year and release on PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.