EA have recently released some huge news ahead of the release of FIFA. In a recent conference EA have said that Ultimate Team will now feature specific odds disclosing the chances of packing certain players. This comes as a huge surprise to the whole community and provides users with some hope going into the new game.
In an interview, EA Sports Vice President, Daryl Holt, spoke to Eurogamer and said: “For Ultimate Team, when you buy a pack you know what you are getting.
“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.”
The news follows a massive move from governments to crack down on loots boxes - purchasable in-game packs that contain random contents. Earlier this year, the Belgian Gaming Commission ruled lootboxes as illegal. Which is huge news for games such as FIFA whose business model relies on people opening packs to pack the better cards in Ultimate Team.
The governing body earlier this year looked at Star Wars Battlefront 2, FIFA 18, Overwatch and Counter Strike: Global Offensive. The results were that three of the titles were in violation of the country's gambling legislation. The findings were that Star Wars was the only title that did not break the rules as EA stripped out the game's loot boxes after its launch debacle which saw users complain about lootboxes being features in the new game.
A statement from Minister of Justice Koen Greens said that the games were therefore illegal and demanded loot boxes to be removed. At the time, they warned that should lootboxes not be removed, publishers risked “a prison sentence of up to five years and a fine of up to 800,000 euros”.
When minors are involved, those punishments could be doubled with the report saying that: "It is often children who come into contact with such systems and we cannot allow that. Given the importance of the protection of minors and vulnerable players, this was very worrying".
The move will please thousands of Ultimate Team fans who have constantly complained about FIFA packs and how unfair they can be with their results. The most cost effective way throughout years of FIFA has been to buy players directly from the transfer market. With the release of the pack odds, many users may be discouraged from buying packs. We can hope, as a community, that EA are fully transparent with these odds.
In FIFA, the initial odds of packing good players are already in favour of EA. With 1963 rare gold and non rare gold players in the game, there is a very low possibility of packing a good player. With the edition of non player based items in these packs, the odds are heavily in EA's favour.
Overall, this a huge step forward for EA and should please the consumer. However, the best way to ensure you get the best players is to buy coins. Make sure to check out MuleFactory for the best FIFA coins prices in FIFA when the game is released.
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