In a triumphant tweet, developers DICE have announced their next title, Battlefield 5, will have no loot boxes, or premium pass.

Bucking the trend of modern AAA titles, Battlefield 5 will have no loot boxes, in any capacity, perhaps, in part, because of the furore over Star Wars: Battlefront 2’s loot box system. There will, however, be microtransactions as players will be able to buy cosmetic items with real-world cash. Andreas Morrel stated that an option to purchase a “catch-up mechanic”, as is available in current Battlefield titles, will be present later in Battlefield 5‘s lifespan.

After increased legal scrutiny, the removal of loot boxes is another way for EA to show goodwill to their players. This news follows a whole load of positive news, regarding an increased focus on squad play, refined destruction, the removal of RNG Bullet spread and more.

In further, surprising, consumer-facing announcements, DICE also revealed the removal of their “Premium” season pass and will instead allow players to play all maps, even those that only bought the base game. A frequent complaint of previous Battlefield titles is that the sectioning of the player base leaves many DLC maps and modes barren of players, with only the original maps seeing any playtime.

Battlefield 5 launches for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on October 19. Prior to release, there will also be an open beta!

Stay tuned to n3rdabl3.com for full coverage of EA’s E3 2018 panel and more from June 12 to June 15.

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