The time has finally come for BioWare to reveal everything that we need to know about Anthem microtransactions. The game will thankfully only have cosmetic purchases, and from what we can see the prices won’t be too bad either, much like Destiny’s own microtransaction system with the Eververse Store’s Silver.
Anthem, despite being a looter shooter that would otherwise be good to put microtransactions in, thankfully doesn’t have very bad ones. With the enormous controversy over EA’s last attempt to work with microtransactions, Battlefront 2, EA seems to be playing it cautiously in simply allowing cosmetics.
In terms of Anthem microtransaction prices, players will be buying in-game currency called Shards. Shards can be used in order to purchase emotes and materials, and even packs for full armor, though that in itself may be like shaders in Destiny, where BioWare has previously shown off things like a Javelin that was decked out in Mass Effect N7 colors.
When it comes to tiers for shard purchases, you can pay $4.99 for 500 shards in-game, $9.99 for 1050 shards, $20 for 2200 shards, and $40 for 4600 shards. The amounts being mostly uneven also helps with you having to spend less on subsequent purchases, as you’ll always have shards left over.
Prices for emotes, materials, and full armor sets can range from 300 to 400 for emotes and materials, while buying a full set can cost you around 850. How much you use these mainly depends on if there’s a specific color scheme that you really really want for your Javelin, and even then how comfortable you are spending ten bucks a pop.
While thankfully Anthem microtransactions aren’t being pushed on you like they are in many other games that include in-game purchases, just remember that it’s up to you to decide on how to spend that money. Anthem will be releasing on February 22 for the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC.