On the cusp of its release, Pokemon Legends: Arceus has been officially rated by the ESRB – and while there’s nothing surprising about its E for Everyone rating for ‘mild fantasy violence’, its ‘in-game purchases’ label has thrown a few people off.
Typically ‘in-game purchases’ refer to microtransactions. This label was made necessary in the U.S. in 2018, as a means for players (or parents) to identify games that contained microtransactions like loot boxes or cosmetic items. Essentially, it was a way to determine if games would have ongoing costs.
In 2019, Australia also adopted this label, with all submissions to the Australian Classification Board needing to identify whether a game contained in-game purchases, and explain what they consist of.
Because Pokemon Legends: Arceus features an online component (likely allowing multiplayer trainer battles and Pokemon trading), it requires an active
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It means going forward, ESRB ratings for ‘in-game purchases’ will be less useful. Without clarification, buyers won’t know whether the label refers to loot box-style microtransactions – which can enable young kids to form bad habits – or if it simply refers to the need for an online membership.
In Australia, these two features are split into seperate categories: ‘in-game purchases’, and ‘online interactivity’. Both refer to paid features, but give buyers a clearer picture of what games actually contain. Should all
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