The next game in the Need for Speed series won’t include loot boxes, according to EA community lead Ben Walke.
Walke replied to a user on Reddit under the name F8RGE saying “There are no Lootboxes in NFS Heat and there won’t be.” When another user asked how EA planned on monetising the game, Walke replied, “We plan to have post launch paid-DLC in the form of car packs.
“Later this year we’ll introduce a time-save pack, which will show all collectables on the map. That’s it.”
EA has historically used loot boxes in many of its games from Star Wars to Battlefield and even 2017’s Need For Speed Payback. However, the boxes have frequently sparked backlash from players who liken the practice to gambling. Meanwhile, at a UK government enquiry into whether the games industry should be regulated, EA’s VP of legal and government affairs termed loot boxes “surprise mechanics” similar to Kinder Egg toys.
Source: IGN.com Need For Speed Heat Won't Have Loot Boxes