Dead Space 3 will allow players to use real money to purchase in game currency - known as resources - which in turn will make it possible to buy weapons.

During a recent hands-on session with the game Eurogamer spotted the option of "downloadable content" when the required in-game resources were not yet available to acquire a specified weapon.

"Cannot craft. Additional resources required," states the game.

Whilst these resources can be obtained by regular play of the game, they can also be purchased by the impatient gamer with money to burn.

"You can buy resources with real money, but scavenger bots can also give you the currency that you can use on the marketplace," Dead Space 3 associate producer Yara Khoury told Eurogamer. "So you don't have to spend [real world] dollars."

However, money won't buy access to later-game advanced weaponry from the get go.

"There are a lot of weapon parts that are only available to buy later in the game," said Khoury. "Unless you're playing through it again [on New Game Plus]."

Dead Space 3 will be released February 8 for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

EA's certainly not new to the micro-transaction game, having shoe-horned in similar functionality to a host of previous titles. Mass Effect 3 offered reinforcement packs for multiplayer, NFS Most Wanted offered an 800 MS Points Time Saver pack, and Battlefield 3 players can choose to buy a 3,200 MS Points shortcut bundle. Likewise, Medal of Honor: Warfighter also offers shortcut packs.

Source: Eurogamer