FIFA 21 players can now see what’s inside their loot boxes before deciding to purchase them. It’s a new feature added as part of the ongoing “Festival of FUTball” event.
The feature, called “Ultimate Team Preview Packs,” allows players to preview specific packs in the game’s FUT Store. As detailed by Eurogamer, players can preview the contents via a pack opening animation. Players can then choose to buy that specific pack. These packs can then be purchased either with FUT Coins, which can be earned through gameplay, or with FIFA Points, which are bought with real-world money.
If someone opts to not buy the pack, the preview pack’s content will remain in the store for viewing, but on a timer. Once that time runs out, players can then choose to preview another pack. Ultimate Team Preview Packs are the only types of packs available to purchase during the course of the event. EA did say other types of packs will return in the future. It’s unclear if all packs will support this feature after the event.
This changes happens at a time when governments are scrutinizing loot boxes as gambling. In some regions, particularly in Europe, many game companies have just dropped loot boxes, or at least estimated probabilities of scoring the rarer items. A patch back in December 2020 made it so EA could disable FIFA 21’s Ultimate Team mode in specific countries or regions with strict gambling laws.
In other countries, like Belgium, EA simply disabled the ability to purchase FIFA Points with real money. FIFA 21 also added the ability to put limits on FIFA Point spending later in 2020. All of these changes surrounding Ultimate Team may carry over to FIFA 22, but it’s too early to tell.