According to Need for Speed Heat Community Manager Ben Walke, there are no loot boxes or surprise mechanics in the game, and there won't be. However, EA plan to release post-launch DLC in the form of car packs and time save packs.
Electronic Arts yesterday finally revealed Need for Speed Heat, the next instalment in the popular arcade racing franchise. The first trailer introduced us to the setting, story, some of the cars and features that will appear in Heat, but a more detailed look at the game is coming in just a few days - on Gamescom 2019.
However, Community Manager Ben Walke decided to share a couple of details about the game's monetisation after one Reddit user joked about loot boxes and microtransactions that were present in the previous game - Need for Speed Payback.
Walke replied by saying that loot boxes won't return to Need for Speed series and that surprise mechanics are also not in EA's plans for Heat. "There are no loot boxes in Need for Speed Heat and there won't be," Walke confirmed and added that there won't be any surprise mechanics. "None of those too," Walke said.
Furthermore, Community Manager shared some details about post-launch DLC plans that the developer Ghost and EA have in mind. He said that paid DLC with new cars will be included as well as time-save packs, which reveal collectables on the map.
"We plan to have post-launch paid-DLC in the form of car packs. Later this year, we'll introduce a time-save pack, that will show all collectables on the map, honestly, that's it. No loot boxes and the above," Walke concluded.
With EA's history of shady practices and loot boxes that are integrated into the core gameplay loop, no wonder why players are concerned about the upcoming Need for Speed. That being said, it's nice to see that the devs are trying to clear things up right from the get-go.
Need for Speed Heat is officially hitting the shelves on 08 November 2019 for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.