'God of War' PS4 Microtransaction Rumors False, Says Director

Rumors of microtransactions in the upcoming God of War game for PlayStation 4 are untrue, according todirector Cory Barlog. God of War's creative director was asked on Twitter about a menu screen image taken from a press event in Paris that caused some concern among fans. The photo showed what looked to be currency on the top right corner of the pause menu, leading to rumors that microtransactions were put into the game. Barlog responded succinctly to the claims, denying that feature is in the game.

Microtransactions continue to be a huge issue in the gaming industry, especially now that the government is looking into gambling aspects of loot boxes. A number of high-profile titles began using microtransactions more freely in 2017, and their inclusion in console titles is quickly becoming taboo. Star Wars: Battlefront II, one of the most anticipated games of 2017, was marred by the backlash from its loot box system and microtransactions. EA had to remove them just before launch to try to salvage sales after a massive wave of pre-order cancellations.

The new God of War was announced at E3 2016 and will follow Kratos as he and his son explore a dangerous new land. Here's the official synopsis from PlayStation:

"Living as a man outside the shadow of the gods, Kratos must adapt to unfamiliar lands, unexpected threats, and a second chance at being a father. Together with his son Atreus, the pair will venture into the brutal Norse wilds and fight to fulfill a deeply personal quest."

PlayStation announced a limited edition God of War PS4 Pro console that includes the physical game along with a special controller and system. The limited edition console, which releases the same day as the game, will run gamers $399.99 if they want to have a snazzy-looking system.

God of War will release for PS4 on April 20.

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