Killing Floor 2 will soon support microtransactions for cosmetic-only gear

Get ready to see way more unique-looking characters in Killing Floor 2 once The Trading Floor is opened.


Tripwire Interactive has revealed it will be adding a new in-game store and item system to Killing Floor 2 that will only offer cosmetic changes.

The in-game store is being called The Trading Floor and will sell new weapon skins, outfits, and outfit skins that will be available to purchase with real-world money, although the studio says many of these items will be given out for free through an in-game drop system. Once a player obtains these dropped items, they can either sell them on the Trading Floor, trade them with a friend, or just use it to have their character sport a new look.

Tripwire assures nothing that’s available within The Trading Floor will affect the way Killing Floor 2 is played, and it plans to continue to keep it that way. The money generated from the sales of these items will go towards the continued support of the game, which the studio says will send us to “new and ever-more exotic locations.”

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    November 24, 2015 6:58 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Killing Floor 2 will soon support microtransactions for cosmetic-only gear

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      November 24, 2015 7:16 AM


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      November 24, 2015 7:36 AM

      As long as these don't affect the game at all, then I'm fine with it. People enjoy cosmetic options in their games, and if their money helps further the development of KF2, then I'm all for it.

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        November 24, 2015 7:59 AM

        if their money helps further the development of KF2

        Just doesn't sit right with me. The game isn’t released yet and they are selling more outfit in it to fund the release and you get no guarantees as a customer that they will ever finish it.

        This a la carte gaming where you pay for a game bit by bit as it is completed is something people complain about with supposedly held off the disk DLC. KF2 doesn't even have something that qualifies as disk final content and it is going to be selling things.

        I guess DOTA2 did that too before official release? At least it was free, but this is a bad direction for gaming to be headed.

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          November 24, 2015 8:55 AM

          its a pretty damn good game already.... worth the cost of early access as long as its just costumes I don't have a problem with it.

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          November 24, 2015 9:54 AM

          normally i agree but KF2 is effectively a complete game. it is a little light on content right now, but it has more in it, and its more polished, than most AAA game releases. compared to something like "Insert Name of recent major 60$ AAA release here" its far, far better and more valuable.

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            November 24, 2015 10:02 AM

            I would disagree. Just because it is polished doesn't make it a full release. This is the common refrain, but when they start adding content for a free when the content you paid for hasn't been completed there is something wrong.

            Cosmetics makes sense in F2P games and other released game because artists have to do something when they are done working. But, all the art has no been released for KF2 yet. Early Access is an open ended promise ("The Early Access version will steadily expand until it is the full release version. " and "“We consider Killing Floor 2 to be very close to a Full Release candidate but with a smaller subset of the final content.") and usually you would expect all content released for the game to be included until the game is released. KF2 is not released...though they said when finished and end of 2015 was only a goal.


            Customers get what they paid for, a vague and unbinding promise, but it is still crappy and a sign of how stupid Early Access can be.

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              November 24, 2015 10:03 AM

              for a fee*

              This one really needed editing. Sorry.

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            November 24, 2015 4:21 PM

            Is Sharpshooter in yet? Is Katana a Berserker Perk weapon yet?

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              November 24, 2015 4:30 PM

              You and your katana!

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                November 24, 2015 4:39 PM

                It was my staple weapon as Berserker. There's no replacement for it.

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      November 24, 2015 7:49 AM

      Don't care, game 0wns

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      November 24, 2015 7:54 AM

      Okay, now can we go off on how Early Access is just a way for Devs to get money to finish a game with a false launch?

      This story does not mention anywhere that this "game" is still not released.

      If Activision or Eelectronic Arts was publishing this game the hate train would be Donald Trump yuuuuuuuuuuuuuge. They have not fully completed all the promised perks yet and they are adding a TF2 style drop system (promising not to add stats bearing items for now).

      Sounds like Tripwire is spending a lot of money making this game and has already blown through their Early Access cash and needs more to get the game to the state the promised people it would reach.

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        November 24, 2015 10:08 AM

        I always thought that was the point of early access.

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          November 24, 2015 10:12 AM

          I don't think people usually admit that point blank. Valve still sells it mostly as a community involvement thing for devs who want feedback during the development.

          Get immediate access to games that are being developed with the community's involvement. These are games that evolve as you play them, as you give feedback, and as the developers update and add content.

          We like to think of games and game development as services that grow and evolve with the involvement of customers and the community. There have been a number of prominent titles that have embraced this model of development recently and found a lot of value in the process. We like to support and encourage developers who want to ship early, involve customers, and build lasting relationships that help everyone make better games.

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            November 24, 2015 10:14 AM

            You'll notice that on the "as a developer" side bit of the page it doesn't have a box for "rake in money on non-binding promises."

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      November 24, 2015 3:23 PM

      These guys did an excellent job supporting the original game, with both free updates and cosmetic DLC's. They did have a gun pack DLC very late in the lifecycle, but all new maps were free and a lot of other cool stuff.

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        November 24, 2015 4:23 PM

        Until they saw all the moneyhats Payday 2 was pulling in. They had three Paid Gun packs (not just the gold weapons) late in the lifecycle.

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      November 24, 2015 4:27 PM

      I kinda had the feeling/fear this was coming, but being able to find items as drops is a pleasant surprise. If this keeps us away from paid Gun Packs and Maps, I can deal with it.
      It's also better than exclusive content "if you own The Ball or Chivalry or Dwarfs!?*". Also note: the game is not out and they've already started cross-marketing content with other games.

      *Dwarfs!? was F2P, but still

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      November 24, 2015 8:53 PM

      Cosmetic microtransactions are perfectly fine. Smart move.

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