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Metal Gear Online takes microtransactions to a whole new level of dumb with FOB Insurance

by Ron Duwell | October 6, 2015October 6, 2015 11:20 am PDT

Game developers. Konami sees all your pitiful microtransactions and raises you with “FOB insurance.” It might be time to go all-in from here, or call its bluff. What, the Croc Cap? No way, that’s awesome. I mean this foolishness. Metal Gear Online comes with a microtransaction which basically allows you to keep all your stuff if you are terrible and can’t properly defend your base.

With the new mode which allows you to raid bases, rival players are able to storm your stronghold, nab your men, and steal your materials. If your security forces are not up to snuff with the competition, and neither are your shooting skills, then you might be on the market for “FOB insurance.” Buying this will guarantee that your resources will always remain intact no matter how many times rivals are successful at stealing them within the allotted “insurance time” period.

Basically, you never have to worry about your base again with this handy-dandy bargain, if you keep the cash flowing that is. Here is the description from the official website.

Your FOBs are always at risk of coming under attack. Now, you can rest easy with FOB insurance (paid service). If you sign up for insurance, then during the insurance period you will be compensated for any materials and staff lost due to rival infiltrations.
* Staff/materials stolen by the rival will in fact remain on your base, and an identical amount of staff/materials will be handed over to the rival instead.
* MB Coins are purchased with real money, but free MB Coins are also distributed periodically as login bonuses, etc.
* The following are not covered by FOB insurance:
・Staff/items that are not fully your property, such as abducted staff being held in your Brig (FOB)
・Wounded staff (staff lost due to death or extraction will be compensated)
・Staff used by you to deploy in defense of the FOB (neither death nor extraction will be compensated)
・Nuclear weapons

And if you don’t pay the insurance, who’s to say that Konami won’t open your base to more match-finding pings? You need to pay that protection money. Can you imagine the outrage if Dark Souls pulled such a stunt? Wow.

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Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...

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