Ain't that great! http://www.gamespot.com/news/dead-space-3-has-microtransactions-6402708 They say they are totally optional but lets face it, this is EA and I expect them to want to give us some incentive to use their silly microtransactions system. I bet the drop rate for such materials probably took a plunge after this feature was added. Thankfully all you need is a fully upgraded Plasma Cutter is Dead Space, but still between this and the co-op I can't say I'm looking forward to Dead Space 3 at all now. I expect this in Dragon Age 3 also.