Despite the exploit which allows players to farm valuable resources negating Visceral’s addition of microtransactions to Dead Space 3 in the first place, EA are saying there are no plans to patch it. The publisher says the exploit was actually planned as an alternative way of getting resources without buying them in order to avoid making microtransactions central to the game.
“The resource-earning mechanic in Dead Space 3 is not a glitch,” according to EA’s Jino Talens. “We have no plans to issue a patch to change this aspect of the game. We encourage players to explore the game and discover the areas where resources respawn for free. We’ve deliberately designed Dead Space 3 to allow players to harvest resources by playing through the game. For those that wish to accumulate upgrades instantly, we have enabled an optional system for them to buy the resources at a minimal cost ($1-$3).”