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Bethesda deny Wolfenstein: Youngblood microtransactions claims

Published: 17:52, 13 June 2019
Picture of BJ Blazkowicz's daughters in Wolfenstein: Youngblood
Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Bethesda have rubbished reports that Wolfenstein: Youngblood will allow players to buy weapon upgrades and attachments with real-world money. Apparently, the in-game currency that you spent on these cannot be purchased with real-world money

Wolfenstein: Youngblood, a spinoff in the Wolfenstein series, in which we'll get to play as BJ's twin daughters will not have microtransactions that will go beyond cosmetic items it's been officially confirmed by Bethesda.

In their gameplay preview, GameInformer claims that players will have the option to buy cosmetic items as well as weapon upgrades and attachments with real-world money if they choose. However, on Wolfenstein: Youngblood Facebook and Twitter, Bethesda rubbished this report with a strong statement.

"Don't believe Nazi propaganda—you CAN NOT purchase weapon upgrades or ability upgrades with real money in Wolfenstein: Youngblood," it's written in Bethesda's message.

GameInformer wrote that as you play Wolfenstein: Youngblood, you will earn special currency that can be spent on outfits, suits, and various helmets for the twin sisters. They said that those who don't want to bother with collecting this special currency can buy gold bars and then spent them in store. 

Bethesda made it clear that gold bars are only used if you want to buy cosmetic items like skins, colours or other stuff that does not affect gameplay. "Cosmetic only: skins for your weapons and power suits," the publisher replied to a concerned fan on Twitter.

Furthermore, they confirmed that there will be an in-game currency named Silver. Players will use this currency to buy weapon upgrades and attachments but the key point here is that Silver cannot be purchased with real-world money.

"As you explore levels and complete missions, you'll earn in-game currency called Silver that you can use to upgrade a wide variety of customizable parts on your weapons," Bethesda explained.

Bethesda Picture of Wolfenstein: Youngblood protagonists Wolfenstein: Youngblood

All in all, it's always good to hear that predatory practices won't feature in beloved franchises such as Wolfenstein. However, for the first time ever we have microtransactions in a Wolfenstein game and even though they are cosmetics only, it is a bit peculiar decision. It's a singleplayer first-person shooter after all.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood is hitting the shelves on 26 July 2019 for Google Stadia, PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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