If you don’t have access to a SmartGlass device, there will be content in Dead Rising 3 you can’t experience. When speaking with Siliconera, executive producer Josh Bridge describes the game’s SmartGlass functionality, explaining that the tablet device will function as an in-game smartphone.
Bridge says, “You’ll get calls from a character that are only on the SmartGlass device. So if you don’t have SmartGlass, you won’t get those calls from that guy. Which also means you won’t get those missions.” He attempts to assuage fears by specifying, “Without it, you’re not losing out on what the story is. But you’re getting more out of the game.”
According to Bridge, the main campaign will not hinge these side-missions, but the idea still leaves a bad taste in one’s mouth. Other combat bonuses will be available through SmartGlass devices, but Bridge confirmed that no microtransactions will be involved.
Dead Rising 3 is scheduled to ship this November, and is exclusive to the Xbox One.