Australian government comes up with yet another gaming-related regulation, which indeed does good for the gamers. With the recent regulation, games will have to specify if they include microtransactions or not. The key point here is, they will need to specify this on the physical box art, not only on digital stores.
A Reddit user, “beforejam” discovered the recent regulations while compiling sources from the Australian government. If you would like to take a look at the original post, you can follow this link. As the user suggested, no mainstream media source covered this story until now.
The decision from the government is effective May onwards. If we consider that games are being rated months before their releases, this change will affect games that will release September onwards. Therefore, we should see the implementations of games like Cyberpunk 2077.
Taking a look at the past, we can see that Australia also required games to specify online play and VR functionality. At the end of the day, these regulations do good to people. We will update you on this matter as soon as we know more about it. While this is the case, games like Crash Bandicoot: It’s About Time, Godfall, and Outriders already don’t include any microtransactions.