Early Glimpse At Anthem's Microtransactions Looks Like Classic EA, But It Is Still Subject To Change

A leaked screenshot of Anthem's microtransaction store shows some insane prices, but BioWare assures fans that it's not set in stone.

Anthem isn't even officially released and yet here we are deciding if it has a future. At least that's what some gamers were doing when the VIP beta became subject to overcrowded servers. EA fixed that quickly, however, and a public beta is happening this weekend. After that, players complained about slow walking speeds in the hub area keeping them away from the action. BioWare promised to fix that. The newest worry about Anthem comes from a leaked screencap of the game's microtransaction store, where things look a little too pricey.

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A report from VGR shows the picture in question, a screenshot of the store's "Featured" section. The prominent items are two different armors that both cost 2000 shards. Shards are what players can buy using real money, with the current exchange rate being about $1 per hundred shards. That means these single suits of armor cost around $20 each.

via: VGR

That's wild, but it might be worth considering that these suits of armor are of "Epic" rarity. Perhaps they might be some of the best in the game, worthy of your hard-earned cash. Maybe not $20 of your hard-earned cash, but some of it. That theory falls apart quickly, though, when you see that the "Uncommon" graphic in this screenshot goes for 400 Shards, about $4. So yes, it all just costs way too much.

Fortunately, BioWare's Chris Schmidt quickly chimed in to explain that these rates might not be final.

“These (prices) don’t represent final, stamped for all of eternity pricing. We are iterating on our economy design and balance almost daily, so you’re seeing a snapshot of one iteration. This is why we tend to not discuss things like pricing, because it’s one of those iterative things that’s sure to change frequently right up until the day you play the game.”

Another thing to keep in mind is that every item can be bought using coins. BioWare said before that coins are earned in-game, meaning you can potentially get every armor and item you want without spending any real money. We don't know how fast one earns coins yet, but that's a discussion for another day. Probably when the game actually comes out in a few weeks.

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