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Konami Enrages Fans by Charging $10 for a Save Slot in ‘Metal Gear Survive’

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Konami is a company that prides itself on its ability to surprise. After all, that’s why we call them the “Kuniochi.” But in the case of Metal Gear Survive, they managed this feat by breaking every rule in the book. Charging $10 for a save slot in a game that already retails for $40 is not only a slap in the face to the consumer, but the console gaming community as a whole. The Master Chief Collection on Xbox One was rightfully lauded after it was revealed to include a free save slot for every player. Although it’s not the only console game to offer this benefit, it’s the only example that did so for all the players, and

Konami’s latest survival game, Metal Gear Survive, came out on Friday and fans have been furious about the $10 MSRP for save slots. While the game is practical and fun, Konami’s pricing strategy has been a major point of contention for fans.

As if a roundabout way of getting paid for free DLC wasn’t enough, Konami has started charging $10 for what is ostensibly a free save slot for the game, Metal Gear Survive. The charge is justified by Konami’s claim that the save slot is necessary to ensure players don’t leave the game mid-way through.

If you don’t want to remove your first Metal Gear Survive character, it will cost you $10.

Maintaining your current character entails generating a fresh save file for your new one. Each additional save space costs 1,000 Survival coins, according to IGN. For $9.99, you can get 1,150 coins.

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The existence of microtransactions in Metal Gear Survive was confirmed last month, but not all of the specifics of what you might buy with them — such as save files — were revealed. Though it seems a little extravagant to label $10 a “micro” game when the game itself costs $39.99 USD.

Microtransactions are all too prevalent in video games these days. Most are pretty innocuous (in comparison), but every now and again, a publisher will produce a micro-transaction that will make you throw your hands up in disgust. Metal Gear Survive by Konami accomplished just that.

Gamers have gone to Reddit and Twitter to voice their displeasure at Konami’s actions.

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Metal Gear Survive’s additional save slots cost $10 from Konami. pic.twitter.com/HPslDYyZYG

— Gaming Humor & News (@VGFGamers) February 25, 2018

Gamers: Lootboxes are a plague on videogames, and EA is the filth of the gaming industry. It can’t possibly be much worse.

Hold my beer, Konami- pic.twitter.com/kB5AwQx61s

February 24, 2018 — MajinDroid (Wakanda Forever) (@doge king)

Konami’s practice of charging for SAVE SLOTS is reprehensible and hard to justify. Anyone who does so will be judged for the rest of their lives. This is really amazing.

February 23, 2018 — Matteo? (@ElderFMC)

We’ve spoken about in-game transactions before on the Game Club podcast, and it’s obvious that each player has a certain amount of tolerance. After EA’s Star Wars Battlefront issue and the oft-forgotten Oblivion’Horse Armour’scandal, in-game purchases don’t seem to be going away anytime soon.

What are your thoughts?

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This week, Metal Gear Survive was launched on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Metal Gear Survive require Money for save slots?

Metal Gear Survive does not require money for save slots.

Is Metal Gear Survive pay to win?

Metal Gear Survive is not pay to win. It is a free-to-play game that has microtransactions for cosmetic items and some convenience features.

Is Metal Gear Survive a flop?

Metal Gear Survive has been met with mixed reviews, but it is not a flop.