EA FC 24 fans are furious as eagle-eyed players discover the most expensive item in the game.
Considering EA FC 24 costs £70, gamers have every right to be disappointed by the exorbitant microtransaction.
The Elite Season Opener Pack costs 285,000 Ultimate Team Coins or 3,000 FC Points in the game’s store.
Ultimate Team Coins are EA FC 24’s main in-game currency, which you earn by playing and winning matches, opening packs and trading players.
The game’s premium currency, FC Points, can be purchased by players for real money and 3,000 FC Points costs around £30.
However, FC Points are only sold in bundles, which rarely match the exact price of the items in the store.
So to purchase the Elite Season Opener Pack for 3,000 FC Points, players will likely need to spend £40 to purchase 5,900 FC Points.
The other option is to pay £32 for a 1,600 and 2,800 pack and have 1,400 FC points left after purchasing the item.
Many games with microtransactions intentionally offer in-game currency packs that do not match item prices in order to entice players to spend more.
Granted, the Elite Season Opener Pack contains very powerful items to justify its price, but that has sparked even more controversy.
The Elite Season Opener Pack includes:
- 45 Rare Gold players with a rating of 80 or higher
- 1 of 2 Player Pick Loan Base Hero with a rating of 87 or higher
- 1 of 2 Player Pick Loan Base Hero with a rating of 88 or higher
In theory, buyers of the package should expect to build a very strong team with its content, but that only feeds the criticism that the game is “pay to win.”
It wasn’t unusual for previous FIFA games to offer overpowered packages like this, but this never happened so soon after the game’s release.
This means that players who pay for the package could gain an advantage right from the start, which many find unfair.
Those who can’t afford it, or simply don’t want to spend another £30 on a game that already costs £70, will have to spend a lot of time finding the best players.
On the other hand, while the package offers higher chances of getting the best cards at its premium price, there is no guarantee.
Paying players could still end up with a lot of duplicate cards or too many cards rated in the low 80s, and the items received from the pack are untradable.
This means that buyers cannot resell unneeded cards through the EA FC 24 transfer market.
EA Sports has previously been criticized for selling loot boxes through its games.
The company also sold FUT packs in FIFA 23 after the UK government decided not to legislate against the system.
Other countries such as Belgium have made the use of loot boxes in games illegal, comparing them to gambling.
Read more at the Scottish Sun
Written by Stoyan Ovcharov on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.
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