The announcement of Private Division, the new publishing label from Take-Two Interactive focusing on games from veteran independent developers, was met with some skepticism by the community. After all, Take-Two rakes in the big money via microtransactions, with nearly half of its sales from the last quarter coming from "recurrent consumer spending" for NBA 2K17 and Grand Theft Auto Online. CEO Strauss Zelnick even went so far as to say all released games would support the business model moving forward. Would that find its way to these indie titles?
According to Obsidian Entertainment, who has an unannounced title coming from Private Division, the answer is a straight "No".
"We're extremely excited about our upcoming RPG, and we know you are too. We wish we could tell you all about it right now... but we're going to hold off until the time is right. What we did want to talk about was a question a lot of you have been raising: 'Will this upcoming game feature any lootboxes or other microtransactions?' The answer is simply: 'no.' No microtransactions, of any kind, in our game," said Obsidian in a post on its official forums.
"We also wanted to say a word about our partnership with Private Division, our publisher on this title. Far from "pushing" us to put anything -- microtransactions or otherwise -- into our game, Private Division has been incredibly supportive of our vision, our creative freedom, and the process by which we work to make RPGs."
We have no word on what Obsidian's next title will be.