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EA trialling 'see before you buy' FUT packs

cormack12

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Source: https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/...t-significant-shakeup-of-fifa-series-in-years

Under increasing pressure from governments, children's welfare groups and gambling charities, EA has today added the ability to see what's inside FIFA 21 loot boxes before you buy them. These Ultimate Team Preview Packs, as EA calls them, let you see all the specific items contained within them before you make a decision on whether to buy with FUT Coins or FIFA Points.

These packs hit FIFA 21 today as part of the ongoing in-game 'Festival of FUTball', and are the only pack type available in the FUT Store during the event. At the end of the campaign other pack types will return, EA added.

Here's how it works: the names of the packs are familiar, but work differently. In the FUT Store, you can select a Preview Pack to preview its contents. Previewing a pack does not mean you've made a decision to buy it. Once you have selected to preview the pack, you will see the pack opening animation, which you can watch or skip.





After the pack opening animation, you're shown all the items contained in the pack. If you decide you want to buy the pack you can now do so.



If you do not buy the pack, you will see the previewed pack remains in the store, where it is now on a refresh timer. The timer has to expire before you can preview another pack of the same type. In one example given by EA, a pack expired in 20 hours and 35 mins.

You can view a previously previewed pack again and have the option to buy it as long as the preview is still active and Preview Packs are still available in the FUT Store, with a couple of exceptions, EA said. [......more at link]

 

cormack12

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Sounds more like once a day you can have less of a gamble, unless you buy the pack? Or buy the pack you don't want, to reset the timer. EA aren't stupid - sounds like a token gesture of appeasement.
 

lee50_10

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Knowing EA there will never be anything good in these packs they will keep the rare and higher rated card for the usual packs.
 
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MaDBrute

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Ea and the developers that make Fifa are child-predators, they recruit kid for gambling.
 

strange headache

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If you do not buy the pack, you will see the previewed pack remains in the store, where it is now on a refresh timer. The timer has to expire before you can preview another pack of the same type. In one example given by EA, a pack expired in 20 hours and 35 mins.
So in essence they have time-gated the regular purchase option to once a day and for the rest you still have to rely on gambling.
That's like a clothes shop showing you only one t-shirt. If you don't like it you either have to blindly buy the one that the vendor is pulling out for you, or come back the next day to see another one.

Good job EA, you greedy f*cks!
 

RoadHazard

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Why can't these assholes just let people directly purchase the items they actually want? (I know why, of course...)

Not that I would ever buy a FIFA game anyway, but I fucking hate this practice and refuse to ever support it in any game.
 
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Rolla

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Looks like the hack is paying dividends.

EA is the definition of unscrupulous. Given how much damage that hack could create especially if their lootbox system and it's egregious implementation is laid bare... I wouldn't be surprised if EA paid the hackers millions to stop it being made public.
 

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Lol such a desperate move to get the pressure off them momentarily until everyone realizes this is just as bad as it used to be.
 
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AT EA CASINO, TRANSPARENCY IS OUR POLICY.

Now you can play slots and lucky hit having an idea with what's inside your loot boxes or slot picks, but we won't show you what items have higher drop rates than others!

Spend $99 on a super box in the new roulette! Bet your mortgage, get a common drop, shoot your head, leave your family the debt! Homeless!

We had to raise the entrance fee to $70 to enter the casino, but you were going to lose money anyway so come on in!

Also don't forget to buy your annual Madden. It's the same game as last year, we just switched teams in the cutscenes and changed the menu colors. But we did add more to the casino! So come on down and make us billions with a lazy football simulation game that's now more arcade than NBA live, and you have to buy our games because theres no other option! Hahahahaha

GET A FREE F*CK YOU SPORTS PACK WHEN YOU BUY THE $90 VERSION OF MADDEN 22 WHICH MAY CORRUPT YOUR STORAGE!
 

anthony2690

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I'll never understand why people throw so much money at fifa ultimate team, knowing a year later they won't care about them cards at all anymore and will do the exact same again in the next fifa.

It's crazy imo.
 

Con-Z-epT

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More Electronic Farts i see.

As long as there are people willing to give money to this...

You are the problem!
 
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lh032

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EA should introduce EApass - subscription fees for MTX game packs :D
 
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