An EA representative confirmed that there will be no Lootboxes in Battlefield V.
Looks like EA has learned a lot from their past mistakes. Back when EA introduced loot boxes in Star Wars: Battlefront II, it created quite an uproar. The most iconic characters of the franchise, like Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader could only be unlocked through premium crystals, which could only be bought through real money. Needless to say, EA received a lot of flak, got the most downvoted comment in the history of Reddit and even their stocks plummeted. But they won’t be making the same mistake with Battlefield V.
In an Email sent to Kotaku, an EA representative confirmed that there will be no Lootboxes in their upcoming shooter. “I can confirm that there are no loot boxes,” he said. Not only this, but there will be no “premium pass” as well. That is to say, DICE will be doing away with the Season Pass that has been running in the Battlefield franchise. All the maps and modes will be available to all the players for free through updates. But you will be able to buy in-game currency through real money though the items will be mainly cosmetic and will not affect the gameplay. It was cleared at the Battlefied V reveal event too that the game will not be “pay to win.”
Apart from the fact that the Battlefront II controversy really put EA in the storm, EA’s decision can also be due to the laws surrounding lootboxes. Many countries have legislations in work that see lootboxes as gambling. Since minor children play the games, Countries are taking it seriously. Belgium and Netherlands have already passed a legislation which bans lootboxes in video games. Hawaii has introduced four bills against lootboxes, while the Gambling Commission of the UK does not see lootboxes as gambling.