EA have been heavily criticised over the past few months in regards to loot boxes in their games and FIFA was singled out by the Belgium Gaming Commission as it uses popular footballers like Cristiano Ronaldo to market the most expensive packs. In laymans terms, the imagery seems to suggest you’ll get better players the more you spend, and that is not the case.
Apple recently announced rules whereby all ‘loot box’ style purchases must include the odds of what you will win and EA have now said that FIFA 19 will also include this information.
“For Ultimate Team, when you buy a pack you know what you are getting,” EA Sports vice president and COO Daryl Holt told Eurogamer. “You are getting a certain number of assets that are guaranteed – and we’re going to start to do pack odds disclosures that’ll show you the odds of what you might get.”
However, it’s not just the new FIFA game that be affected, “That’ll be in our product year 19 titles. So, at least that aspect of understanding what the chances are of getting X, Y and Z card,” said Daryl, so we can expect this new labelling system to be present in Madden 19 and NBA Live 19.