Animal Crossing: New Horizons had some grim news regarding its release on the Nintendo Switch in recent days. The game will reportedly not have cloud save support nor the option to save data on another system. Following all that, we found out that the game would have in-game purchases as well. It seems that is not the case anymore as the ESRB rating for the game no longer mentions ‘in-game purchases’ on the game page.
Whenever fans come across the term ‘in-game purchases’, they are filled with doubt and disappointment. If Microtransactions and in-game purchases are not done right in a game, the developers and publishers receive immediate backlash from fans. In-game purchases have a tendency to make the gaming experience vary for players. A person who can afford to buy something in a game makes the game unfair for others.
Acquiring certain characters or weapons in a game can give a player an edge. Those who cannot make in-game purchases feel left out even though they paid for the base game. Animal Crossing: New Horizons had the term ‘in-game purchases’ under its ESRB rating.
This would not be the first time the franchise has had in-game purchases. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp had microtransactions and then added a paid subscription service.
We didn’t know if in-game purchases in Animal Crossing: New Horizons would serve the same purpose as in Pocket Camp. Perhaps it could be a reference to a paid DLC. Nintendo is known for putting out extra content for games on the Switch and charging for it. Other games have had ‘in-game purchases’ mentioned under the rating section on the Nintendo game page.
Anyway, the good news is that the term ‘in-game purchases’ recently disappeared from the Animal Crossing: New Horizons web page. Only the term ‘Comic Mischief’ is now present under the ESRB rating. We don’t know if this happened due to the fear of negative reception or if it was a glitch. Either way, fans can now take a sigh of relief knowing that they will not have to spend extra money on the game.