Last week, TopWare Interactive issued a new update for Two Worlds II that introduced micro-transactions to it. Naturally, this move frustrated some PC gamers and TopWare Interactive has issued an official statement about this.
According to the statement, the team implemented some features from the Xbox 360 version to the Steam Version. The Xbox 360 version featured some in-game purchases and these very same purchased were introduced to the Steam version.
“With the 2.0 update for Two Worlds 2, we implemented some features from the Xbox 360 version to the Steam Version. At the time the game came out in 2010, Steam did not support features like achievements or in-game purchases, but Xbox Live did.
For the DLC Call of the Tenebrae [the expansion], we made several improvements to the game engine and added features like achievements and a marketplace we took from the Xbox version. We decided to release this improvement as a free update to all owners of the main game, independent of if they have purchased the new DLC (which requires the engine update) or not.
With the same update, the DRM for Two Worlds 2 has been removed as well as the developer console, but after some users asked us to put it back in, we re-activated the developer console for single-player. For multiplayer the console was never available, to avoid cheating.”
As always, the in-game purchases are optional and all items which are available for purchase can also be found in inside the game.
“From our seven years of experience with the Xbox 360 version we know that there are many users who like the possibility of purchasing items like healing potions and mana potions. Those who do not like it do not need to purchase anything – same as it is since release in 2010 for all Xbox 360 users.”
TopWare Interactive concluded that Two Worlds 2 is not Free2Play or Pay2Play, and that this latest version of the game has not been ‘butchered’ in favour of these newly introduced – at least to the Steam version – micro-transactions.
“Two Worlds 2 is not Free2Play or Pay2Play. Everyone who owns the game has the full product with all features and the full gaming experience. The only special items not in the standard version can be found in the digital deluxe content, in some special editions or in the season pass. But these items are not available as in-game purchases.”