EA has announced that, with the release of FIFA 19, they’ll be disclosing pack odds in Ultimate Team. Announced at the Gamelab conference in Spain, EA Sports vice president and COO Daryl Holt spoke to Eurogamer.
“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,” stated Holt.
“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.”
While they haven’t explicitly said what details they’re going to disclose with the new packs, it’s not exactly likely you’ll see a Cristiano Ronaldo percentage on the packs, at least it’s a step in the right direction.
While EA are adamant that Ultimate Team packs aren’t gambling (let’s not open that can of worms here), they’re no stranger to Loot Box controversy, as we’ve all seen with the state of Star Wars: Battlefront 2 at the start of the year.
EA has also teased the possibility of cross-platform support for FIFA 19, though judging by the giant Fortnite debacle, we’ll have to wait and see if Sony will finally want to play ball.
Is this merely a ploy to avoid more loot box controversy? I guess only time will tell.