Konami has confirmed that Metal Gear Survive won't contain loot boxes, with the game utilizing paid "boosters" and purchasable cosmetics instead.
Konami released a statement to GameRevolution confirming that loot boxes will not appear in the recently released game, offering a breakdown of the kind of microtransactions that they are focusing on. The breakdown of these microtransactions can be viewed below:
- SV Coins are premium currency that can be purchased as MTX and earned via in-game bonuses (e.g. login bonus)
- SV Coins are used to purchase in-game items such as cosmetics, boosters, etc.
- Example of cosmetic items include: gestures, color/played weapons, accessories like masks, etc.
- Boosters will help expedite resource gathering, such as the gathering of Kuban Energy
- No loot boxes will be in-game
While the lack of loot boxes will see Metal Gear Survive skirting around one of the more controversial gaming topics in recent history, the use of paid boosters in a retail release is still questionable. It remains to be seen how much the implementation of these boosters will affect Metal Gear Survive's multiplayer-focused gameplay.
Metal Gear Survive released yesterday, though its launch wasn't without its problems. After the game went live, players found that they were unable to play it as a result of it failing to download a required update. Konami later fixed the issue, though the publisher was criticized for not acknowledging the issue on social media.