Godfall Won't Weave Microtransactions Into Its "Looter Slasher" Mechanics

Godfall Won't Weave Microtransactions Into Its "Looter Slasher" Mechanics

Counterplay Games says it doesn't think of the PS5 and PC exclusive as a "service," either.

First announced at The Game Awards last year, Godfall—a PlayStation 5 and PC exclusive from Counterplay Games, published by Gearbox—is inching ever closer to a holiday launch, just as Sony's new console is. Described as a "looter slasher," this shiny third-person action title will focus strongly on collecting weapons and armor, but according to one of its devs, Godfall won't feature microtransactions or follow a games-as-a-service model.

Richard Heyne, a technical producer at Counterplay, sat down for an interview with YouTuber Arekkz Gaming (via GamesRadar+) and dropped those details while discussing the nature of Godfall's endgame. Like any good loot-focused title, there'll be more to do once players have finished the main story, but there won't be things to drop real dollars on.

"We don't consider the game a service," Heyne says. "There are no microtransactions in Godfall, but we are planning that there's plenty of content for the player to dig into once [Godfall's major antagonist] Macros is defeated."

Heyne adds that while the campaign will show "plenty of the world of Godfall," until players get to its endgame they'll only have scratched the surface. "These environments that we're talking about, these elemental realms—they're massive," says Heyne. "Once you've completed the campaign, you will have the ability to go back to these realms, and explore them in new ways, to experience new encounters and new challenges."

As for what else to expect from the precious loot that all the slashing will bring, Heynes namedrops Destiny, Diablo 3, and Borderlands as favorites amongst the Counterplay team, but says that a major goal for Godfall is to have "every single piece of loot, in some way, to feel meaningful to the player." Heyne promises that early game weapons will remain viable through to Godfall's endgame, so long as their power level is brought up along the way.

Godfall still doesn't have a set release date just yet, but it seems like it'll come out on or close to the launch of the PS5. On PC, it'll be released as an Epic Games Store exclusive.

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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