Konami has shed light on why it decided to include microtransactions in the highly anticipated Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
Speaking with Angry Joe, Metal Gear Solid Community Manager, Robert Peeler, explained that the feature was added in order to make it easier for players to progress through the game. It’s entirely optional, and all features gained from microtransactions can be unlocked by normal means.
Peeler described microtransactions are targeting those who might be "having trouble" with the upcoming stealth-action sequel. He also assured gamers that they won’t be ‘annoying’ such as those found in mobile titles.
He did, however, note that hardcore Metal Gear players are unlikely to use microtransactions, saying they’re really being aimed at newcomers to the franchise.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is due out on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PC, Xbox One and Xbox 360 on September 1. Read our impressions of the game here and check out the E3 2015 trailer while you’re at it.