According to a recent email from EA to Eurogamer, the famous loot boxes will remain one of FIFA's main features of Ultimate Team, the most popular game mode.
FIFA Ultimate Team relies on loot boxes for a majority of its gameplay. Players may choose to pay real money to open packs if they wish. This key feature of the game has long been associated with online gambling, but EA appears to dismiss it this way.
EA said in a statement to Eurogamer that the Ultimate Team and FUT Packs, which have been around for over a decade, are a FIFA feature that players are raving about. The game is fair because players are permitted to spend money.
Even after countries like Belgium and the Netherlands removed the loot boxes completely from the game years ago, EA did little to mitigate the risks of gambling. According to GamesIndustry.biz, players who buy loot boxes are more likely to gamble, mental health, financial, and serious gaming problems.
EA developed a tool that allowed you to inspect what is inside a lootbox before opening it in FIFA 21, but players only see certain loot boxes that are on sale in the Ultimate Teams store.
FIFA 23 will be released worldwide on September 30 and will be the final collaboration between EA and the FIFA soccer federation, with both scheduled to release two different soccer matches in 2024.