It has been discovered that Dead Space 3’s weapon crafting system includes microtransactions.

Players short on resources when attempting to craft a weapon may pay real money to complete the build anyway.

Resources may be found in-game by the player or scavenger bots under their command.

"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."

Prices for in-game currency aren’t currently available, but several different packs are expected.

Visceral has confirmed that it will not be possible to buy the best weapons immediately.

"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]."

There is a precedent for this: it was possible in prior Dead Space games to pay for better suits of armour.

Last year, EA claimed it would need to sell five million copies of Dead Space 3 to keep the series alive.

The game's demo will be available this week on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network, and the full game is out on those consoles and Windows PC on March 7.