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Dragon's Dogma 2 Microtransactions Controversy

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Overview

Dragon's Dogma 2 Microtransactions Controversy refers to a controversy surrounding the addition of 21 paid DLCs to the 2024 single-player video game Dragon's Dogma 2. The discovery, spreading around the day of the game's release in late March 2024, was followed by viral discussions on social media and review-bombing of the game on Steam.

Background

On March 22nd, 2024, the single-player role-playing video game Dragon's Dogma 2 was released by CAPCOM. On Steam, the game was released along with 21 micro DLCs, including 19 items that can be obtained in the game through normal progress (image shown below).


CONTENT FOR THIS GAME Dragon's Dogma 2: Explorer's Camping Kit - Camping Gear Dragon's Dogma 2: Dragon's Dogma Music & Sound Collection - Custom Sounds Dragon's Dogma 2: Harpysnare Smoke Beacons - Harpy Lure Item Dragon's Dogma 2: Heartfelt Pendant - A Thoughtful Gift Dragon's Dogma 2: Ambivalent Rift Incense - Change Pawn Inclinations Dragon's Dogma 2: Makeshift Gaol Key - Escape from gaol! Dragon's Dogma 2: Art of Metamorphosis - Character Editor Dragon's Dogma 2: Portcrystal - Warp Location Marker Dragon's Dogma 2: Wakestone - Restore the dead to life! (A) Dragon's Dogma 2: Wakestone - Restore the dead to life! (B) Dragon's Dogma 2: Wakestone - Restore the dead to life! (C) Dragon's Dogma 2: Wakestone - Restore the dead to life! (D) Dragon's Dogma 2: Wakestone - Restore the dead to life! (E) Dragon's Dogma 2: 500 Rift Crystals - Points to Spend Beyond the Rift (A) Dragon's Dogma 2: 500 Rift Crystals - Points to Spend Beyond the Rift (B) Dragon's Dogma 2: 500 Rift Crystals - Points to Spend Beyond the Rift (C) Dragon's Dogma 2: 1500 Rift Crystals - Points to Spend Beyond the Rift (A) Dragon's Dogma 2: 1500 Rift Crystals - Points to Spend Beyond the Rift (B) Dragon's Dogma 2: 1500 Rift Crystals - Points to Spend Beyond the Rift (C) Dragon's Dogma 2: 1500 Rift Crystals - Points to Spend Beyond the Rift (D) Dragon's Dogma 2: 2500 Rift Crystals - Points to Spend Beyond the Rift (A) Browse all (21) $2.99 $2.99 $0.99 $1.99 $1.99 $0.99 $1.99 $2.99 $0.99 $0.99 $0.99 $0.99 $0.99 $0.99 $0.99 $0.99 $2.99 $2.99 $2.99 $2.99 $4.99 $41.79 Add all DLC to Cart

On March 21st, X[1] / Twitter user @AnnieSFW posted a screenshot of a negative review for the game complaining about the $1.99 DLC for changing the character's appearance (also available in-game by purchasing an item from merchants). The post (shown below, left) received over 5,600 reposts and 56,000 likes in one day.

Later that day, X[2] user @Rimmy_Downunder posted another post about the Dragon's Dogma 2 microtransactions that received over 7,200 reposts and 53,000 likes in one day (shown below, right).


Annie @AnnieSFW Hey remember how Capcom is trying to get rid of mods? I wonder why anyway here's a dragons dogma 2 review Not Recommended 1.4 hrs on record (0.9 hrs at review time) Honk | 44 reviews POSTED: MARCH 21 DIRECT FROM STEAM $1.99 to edit your character appearance in a single- player game after spending $80.00. Your character appearance is on their servers so deleting your save files from \STEAM\userdata\NUMBER\2054970\remote\win64_ save and making edits within the character creator, even with Cloud saves off, does not apply to your in- game character. Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny Award 182 people found this review helpful 3 people found this review funny 9 10:24 PM · Mar 21, 2024 2.7M Views 2 0 2 7 : ... Rimmy @Rimmy_Downunder dragon's dogma? more like drags on my wallet jesus f------ christ capcom (refunded at 118 minutes god this sucks) paying for fast travel? paying for character editing? paying for revive stones? BRO IT'S A 100 DOLLAR GAME WHAT THE F--- DRAGON'S DOGMA Buy Dragon's Dogma 2 Deluxe Edition A$ 122.95 Add to Cart Buy Dragon's Dogma 2: A Boon for Adventurers - New Journey Pack BUNDLE (?) Buy this bundle to save 16% off all 9 items! H Dragon's Dogma 2 is a single player, narrative driven action-RPG that challenges the players to choose their own experience - from the appearance of their Arisen, their vocation, their party, how to approach different situations and more - in a truly immersive fantasy world. ALL REVIEWS: Mostly Negative (730) CONTENT FOR THIS GAME Get Gods રામ Bundle info -16% Your Price: Add to Cart A$ 22.66 Dragon's Dogma 2: Explorer's Camping Kit - Camping Gear Dragon's Dogma 2: Dragon's Dogma Music & Sound Collection - Custom Sounds Dragon's Dogma 2: Harpysnare Smoke Beacons - Harpy Lure Item Browse all (21) A$ 4.56 A$ 4.56 A$ 1.50 A$2.95 Dragon's Dogma 2: Heartfelt Pendant - A Thoughtful Gift Dragon's Dogma 2: Ambivalent Rift Incense - Change Pawn Inclinations A$ 2.95 RELEASE DATE: 22 Mar, 2024 DEVELOPER: PUBLISHER: CAPCOM Co., Ltd. CAPCOM Co., Ltd. Popular user-defined tags for this product: Dragon's Dogma 2: Makeshift Gaol Key - Escape from gaol! Dragon's Dogma 2: Art of Metamorphosis - Character Editor Dragon's Dogma 2: Portcrystal - Warp Location Marker Dragon's Dogma 2: Wakestone - Restore the dead to life! (A) Dragon's Dogma 2: Wakestone - Restore the dead to life! (B) Dragon's Dogma 2: Wakestone - Restore the dead to life! (C) Dragon's Dogma 2: Wakestone - Restore the dead to life! (D) Dragon's Dogma 2: Wakestone - Restore the dead to life! (E) A$ 1.50 A$ 2.95 A$ 4.56 A$ 1.50 A$ 1.50 A$ 1.50 A$ 1.50 A$ 1.50 RPG Action Open World Action RPG Magic 10:44 PM Mar 21, 2024 7.5M Views

On Steam, Dragon's Dogma 2 was review-bombed, with its rating briefly dipping to Mostly Negative as of March 22nd, 2024.[3]

Online Reactions

The posts were followed by viral discussions about the presence of paid DLCs in the game. On March 22nd, 2024, X[4] user @SynthPotato made a post comparing Baldur's Gate 3 and Dragon's Dogma 2 that received over 1,100 reposts and 8,800 likes in one day (shown below, left).

Later that day, X[5] user @mpr_reviews posted a screenshot of a negative Steam review that garnered over 840 reposts and 7,900 likes in one day (shown below, right).


Synth Potato @SynthPotato Anyone remember Larian's statement on MTX for Baldur's Gate 3? Dragon's Dogma 2 really makes me wish every company followed this, so disappointing. BORG Baldur's GAZETTE Gate NT FOR THIS GAME s Dogma 2: Explorer's Camping Kit - Camping Gear ARE THERE ANY IN-GAME PURCHASES? No, there are no in-game purchases in our game. We believe in providing a complete and immersive gaming experience without the need for additional purchases. Enjoy the game to its fullest without any additional costs or microtransactions. Dogma 2: Dragon's Dogma Music & Sound Collection - Custom Sounds Dogma 2: Harpysnare Smoke Beacons - Harpy Lure Item Dogma 2: Heartfelt Pendant - A Thoughtful Gift s Dogma 2: Ambivalent Rift Incense - Change Pawn Inclinations Dogma 2: Makeshift Gaol Key - Escape from gaoll Dogma 2: Art of Metamorphosis - Character Editor s Dogma 2: Portcrystal - Warp Location Marker Dogma 2: Wakestone - Restore the dead to life! (A) Dogma 2: Wakestone - Restore the dead to life! (B) Dogma 2: Wakestone - Restore the dead to life! (C) s Dogma 2: Wakestone - Restore the dead to life! (D) Dogma 2: Wakestone - Restore the dead to life! (E) Dogma 2: 500 Rift Crystals - Points to Spend Beyond the Rift (A) s Dogma 2: 500 Rift Crystals - Points to Spend Beyond the Rift (B) Dogma 2: 500 Rift Crystals - Points to Spend Beyond the Rift (C) Dogma 2: 1500 Rift Crystals - Points to Spend Beyond the Rift (A) s Dogma 2: 1500 Rift Crystals - Points to Spend Beyond the Rift (B) s Dogma 2: 1500 Rift Crystals - Points to Spend Beyond the Rift (C) Dogma 2: 1500 Rift Crystals - Points to Spend Beyond the Rift (D) Dogma 2: 2500 Rift Crystals - Points to Spend Beyond the Rift (A) Brow $41.79 Add all DLC Last edited 4:26 AM · Mar 22, 2024 316.6K Views • MPR Mostly Positive Reviews @mpr_reviews ... Summary of what's happening with Dragon's Dogma 2 currently: Not Recommended 4.1 hrs on record (4.1 hrs at review time) POSTED: 22 MARCH Hey Capcom, You can purchase a "good review DLC" for $1.99. Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny Award 359 people found this review helpful 121 people found this review funny *17 12 726 4:53 AM · Mar 22, 2024 183.1K Views .

Later on March 22nd, 2024, X[6] user @Jeff_like_Feff made a post clarifying which DLCs are obtainable in-game (shown below).


Jeff Fabre @Jeff_like_Feff Here, maybe this will help you with this Dragon's Dogma 2 stuff. Hope this helps. Capcom is shady for doing this. Don't listen to the haters though, the game is awesome. ACTUAL DLC 、 CONTENT FOR THIS GAME Dragon's Dogma 2: Explorer's Camping Kit - Camping Gear Dragon's Dogma 2: Dragon's Dogma Music & Sound Collection - Custom Sounds Browse all (21) $2.99 $2.99 THIS IS ALL IN GAME AND COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY Dragon's Dogma 2: Harpysnare Smoke Beacons - Harpy Lure Item Dragon's Dogma 2: Heartfelt Pendant - A Thoughtful Gift Dragon's Dogma 2: Ambivalent Rift Incense - Change Pawn Inclinations Dragon's Dogma 2: Makeshift Gaol Key - Escape from gaol! Dragon's Dogma 2: Art of Metamorphosis - Character Editor Dragon's Dogma 2: Portcrystal - Warp Location Marker Dragon's Dogma 2: Wakestone - Restore the dead to life! (A) Dragon's Dogma 2: Wakestone - Restore the dead to life! (B) Dragon's Dogma 2: Wakestone - Restore the dead to life! (C) $0.99 $1.99 $1.99 $0.99 $1.99 $2.99 $0.99 $0.99 $0.99 $0.99 $0.99 $0.99 $0.99 $0.99 $2.99 $2.99 $2.99 $2.99 $4.99 $41.79 Add all DLC f Dragon's Dogma 2: Wakestone - Restore the dead to life! (D) Dragon's Dogma 2: Wakestone - Restore the dead to life! (E) Dragon's Dogma 2: 500 Rift Crystals - Points to Spend Beyond the Rift (A) Dragon's Dogma 2: 500 Rift Crystals - Points to Spend Beyond the Rift (B) Dragon's Dogma 2: 500 Rift Crystals - Points to Spend Beyond the Rift (C) Dragon's Dogma 2: 1500 Rift Crystals - Points to Spend Beyond the Rift (A) Dragon's Dogma 2: 1500 Rift Crystals - Points to Spend Beyond the Rift (B) Dragon's Dogma 2: 1500 Rift Crystals - Points to Spend Beyond the Rift (C) Dragon's Dogma 2: 1500 Rift Crystals - Points to Spend Beyond the Rift (D) Dragon's Dogma 2: 2500 Rift Crystals - Points to Spend Beyond the Rift (A) TDO DO NOT BUY! 2:42 PM Mar 22, 2024 .7,760 Views

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The saddest thing is just how much Capcom shot at themselves and Dragon's Dogma 2's reputation by doing this. While they have been adding useless progression skip MTX for a long time – I felt like people were pretty fast to disregard those in games like RE and DMC, because… well, for all intent and purposes, those games aren't balanced around that at all and most understood that fast.
By Dragon's Dogma? It was kinda niche. THOUSANDS of people who bought the hype never touched the original. They are already confused by bold, risky decisions of DD2 carried over from the first game. It's not instantly obvious that there is one merchant in town that allows you to alter your character for almost no money, or how you obtain port crystals to warp – so they assume all of those features are MTX locked. It's not a straightforward game. Imagine if FromSoft decided to do this with Dark Souls, a game filled with obscure elements and mechanics. Genuinely interesting design decisions of DD2 will be disregarded and seen as a conscious effort to make MTX more appealing.

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