FIFA 22 Leaks: are preview packs the future?
EA have confirmed the release of new FUT packs that allow you to see the contents before purchasing, as part of the Festival of FUTball.
Imagine knowing you’re about to pack a Ronaldo before you do it! New Ultimate Team preview packs allow you to do just that, as EA Sports has released them for the first time in the FoF Path to Glory pormo.
They are only available for a week, but content creators are already pointing out that this is likely an attempt to solve the challenge posed by including loot boxes in the game – rather than to improve the experience of FIFA fans.
Ultimate Team packs are a core part of the FIFA franchise, but with countries like Belgium banning loot boxes and more set to follow, EA have likely been planning this move behind the scenes for a while now. The question is, what does it mean for players?
A refreshing approach
Let’s get into the details. Players will now be able to preview a pack before choosing whether or not to buy it. If you like what you see, you can go ahead and pay in coins or FIFA points. But, if you don’t – you can exit without spending a thing.
However, you now have to wait 24 hours for the pack – or any other pack – to refresh, before you can try your luck again. If you want to see a full, step-by-step guide to how the process works, it’s included in the latest FIFA 21 pitch notes.
It should be noted that this only applies to packs available in the store. Packs that come through the rewards system will not be preview packs. So you’ll still be guessing what’s coming when you open Weekend League goodies on Thursday.
Massive change to FUT packs!— Matt (@MattFUTTrading) June 18, 2021
– Preview every type of pack available in the store once every 24 hrs.
– Choose whether to buy or not
– Refreshes every 24 hours
It's a very positive move, but don't forget, this isn't for the FUT player base, this is to avoid gambling legislation. pic.twitter.com/T2FzCcqVbl
Why is this so important?
If you were thinking about splashing some cash in the hope of picking up some Path to Glory players – you get a free shot. But, as we mentioned above – this is really about Electronic Arts avoiding gambling legislation.
Simply, the logic is: if you know exactly what you’re getting in a pack, then there’s no gamble involved in buying it. In reality, we suspect that impatient players will still buy packs in an attempt to access the next preview pack – but nobody can say that they didn’t know what they were paying for.
The catch is, if you don’t buy a pack after previewing – you have to wait 24 hours to preview any other pack. If this was about changing the system to stop people from buying packs irresponsibly, we can’t see it being that effective. And the FIFA community doesn’t seem convinced either.
These preview packs seem too good to be true. See what's in your pack before you commit to the purchase. If you don't want it, wait for the refresh then try again. Seems way way too good!— NepentheZ (@NepentheZ) June 18, 2021
Will we see this in FIFA 22?
The short answer is, probably. By the time the FIFA 22 release date rolls around, preview packs could be a permanent fixture in the FUT universe. It makes sense from EA’s point of view, and it will probably result in bigger profits for the gaming juggernaut.
From our perspective, it doesn’t solve the pay-to-win issue. Fans are complaining about time spent developing a new pack system when there are so many well-known gameplay issues that need fixing. All we know for sure is that they’re going to sell a lot more packs.
Preview packs will only get more people to buy Fifa Points btw— Jake (@Jake_FutTrading) June 18, 2021
If you’re someone not currently spending on Fifa Points, but see Vinicious pop up…
You get the point?
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