The FIFA games by Electronic Arts are commonly associated with loot boxes thanks to its FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) mode. The publisher has been defending its business practices profusely too. But it looks like with the latest iteration of the game, it is giving the players more control as to the amount of money they spend.
Eurogamer reports a number of changes to the game that’s not mentioned in the official FIFA 21 patch notes. For one, the FIFA Playtime feature can tell you not only the amount of time you spent in the game, but also the number of FIFA Points you spent. One caveat here is that it doesn’t differentiate points bought with money and those awarded via gameplay.
But on the flip side, the FIFA Playtime feature also lets you limit the amount of points you can buy. Other things that you can set limits to include the number FUT Packs you can open. These limits apply to packs you got using bought points, or with FUT Coins .
All this point toward EA going in a pretty good direction with the franchise. Whether or not the publisher is doing so willingly is another question entirely. FIFA Playtime is now live on PC versions of FIFA 21, and will be so for consoles on 17 November.