LEGO 2K Drive Will Have Microtransactions, Fans Concerned
The upcoming LEGO-themed racing game, LEGO 2K Drive, is set to feature microtransactions, sparking concerns among gamers. Developed by Visual Concepts, the open-world racer will offer an in-game store, Unkie’s Emporium, where players can purchase optional items such as vehicles and minifigures using real money.
Creative Director Brian Silva recently confirmed in an interview with Wccftech that the game will include two types of in-game items: those purchasable with Brickbux earned through gameplay and those available for purchase using coins bought with real currency. Silva emphasized the importance of safety and responsibility when designing LEGO 2K Drive, particularly about the game’s younger players.
Lego 2K Drive features an in-game store, Unkie’s Emporium, where players can acquire optional items including new vehicles, minifigures and more. There are two types of items in the store, ones that can be purchased using Brickbux earned through playing, or ones that can be purchased using coins obtained through a real currency purchase. Safety and responsibility was a top priority for us when creating Lego 2K Drive. To ensure parents can make the right decisions for their kids, to make purchases a player must create a 2K Account. If the player is underage, their account must be verified by an adult, who then has the ability to block in-game money purchases.
To address potential concerns, Silva explained that players must create a 2K Account to make purchases. For underage players, adult verification is required, and parents can block in-game money purchases. However, many gamers remain skeptical about the implementation of microtransactions, especially considering the game’s $70 price tag on current-gen consoles.
The presence of microtransactions in LEGO 2K Drive has been met with mixed reactions. Some players argue that purchasable items such as vehicles could lead to unfair advantages or “pay-to-win” scenarios. Others are concerned about the potential impact on children who may be tempted to spend real money on in-game items.
Despite these concerns, LEGO 2K Drive is set to launch on May 19 for PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. As the release date approaches, the gaming community will be watching closely to see how the microtransaction system is received and whether it affects the game’s overall experience.