FIFA 19 is releasing this September and fans are already complaining about the fact that the game still includes packs in FIFA 19 Ultimate Team. EA now promises to provide the odds for those packs, providing transparency among the company and players.
The news comes from EA Sports vice president and COO Daryl Holt, who has told Eurogamer that FIFA 19 Ultimate team might still include packs but the company will provide the pack odds for the feature. He stated:
“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.”
It’s still unsure how the pack odds will be presented in FIFA 19 Ultimate Team. Its predecessor featured a few guidelines as to what is included in the packs, however, odds point to something similar to what sever games have released over the year, like Overwatch.
This action follows after a related ruling in China was enforced by the region’s Ministry of Culture to make sure that publishers are not scamming players by hiding low, unfair drop rates. Since then, publishers of several popular titles like Overwatch, Hearthstone and many mobile games have disclosed their drop rates on their respective loot boxes.
Speaking with GamesIndustry, Holt revealed that their model is sustainable and the disclosure of pack odds will provide communication and feedback on their features on EA titles. As for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team, he stated:
“For EA Sports and Ultimate Team, the mode is very popular. It works the way it works and provides the players the choice to play the way they want to play, which I think is valuable as long as we make sure it’s fair and isn’t a detriment to that.”
Revealing the pack odds for FIFA 19 Ultimate team is important for fans so that issues like the Star Wars Battlefront 2 backlash won’t cause negative feedback for the company. Holt believes that “loot boxes are not gambling” giving a reason for the pack feature on their sports flagship title this year.
EA relies on their upcoming titles like FIFA 19 to give the company another boost in revenue so giving the fans what they want looks like a step in the right direction.