Who would have guessed that the South Park IP would become a new hit RPG franchise. After the surprising success of The Stick of Truth, we got the Fractured But Whole and Phone Destroyer this year. Despite a perfect use of the IP, South Park Phone Destroyer fails to avoid the monetization traps that have plagued mobile games before it, and for me sinks what would be an otherwise great concept.
Today’s Game Industry Insight looks into the gamers vs. microtransactions argument. I talked about the difference between DLC and microtransactions, and what they mean towards balance and monetization.
Another Nintendo Mobile game was released recently and is lighting up the sales charts: Fire Emblem Heroes. While Super Mario Run was unconventional with its pricing model, Fire Emblem is making use of “gacha” or “gashapon.” Even though they are similar to loot box design, gacha features some unique twists for us to look at.
In this Critical Thought, I returned to the topic of F2P and P2W. It’s becoming harder to distinguish the two, but there are some tells that you can pay attention to.