When it was discovered that Dead Space 3 players could game the system and farm for resources that would otherwise cost real world currency via microtransactions, it was assumed that EA would patch this as it undermines the arguably greedy system in place.
Not so, says EA. The publisher is actually A-okay with this exploit as it gives players the option to farm for resources, while the microtransactions are simply a convenience item. In fact, EA is claiming that this was no accident and the game was designed with optional farming scenarios in mind.
"The resource-earning mechanic in Dead Space 3 is not a glitch," said EA PR man Jino Talens in a statement to GameFront. "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)."
Whether the so-called glitch was actually intentional or not we may never know, but EA is taking credit for it so it looks like it's here to stay.