EA has earned itself a status of notoriety in recent years, with last year’s Star Wars Battlefront II kicking off multiple investigations into microtransactions and loot boxes. The game’s pay-to-win progression system was ultimately reworked earlier this year, and it seems that EA is promising that it’s learned from its mistakes by sticking to paid cosmetics in the upcoming Battlefield V.
All progression in Battlefield V will be organic, earning an in-game currency called “Company Coin” simply by playing the game. “Company Coin gives you the ability to choose items outside the base progression paths to further expand and customize your Company. You can use Company Coin to unlock choices within weapon and vehicle Specializations. You can also use Company Coin to get cosmetic items, such as jackets, face paint, and weapon skins,” explains EA.
Alternatively, premium currency will still be available in the form of “Battlefield Currency,” but will be limited to specific cosmetic acquisitions only. In order to give players a chance to learn the game without microtransactions, Battlefield Currency will not be joining Company Coin at launch. Company Coin will also see some restrictions initially, as Vehicle cosmetics will be introduced during the first chapter of Tides of War.
“Balanced rock-paper-scissors gameplay has always been the foundation of the Battlefield series, and our belief is that real-world money should not enable pay-to-win or pay-for-power,” explains the post. “It's up to you to decide what types of gameplay matter to you and make inventory decisions based on how you want to progress. Experiment with weapons and vehicles that bring unique options to the battlefield, cosmetics that reflect a more personal touch, or Specialization paths that fit your style of play.”
Battlefield V is due out on November 20th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC systems. Origin Access subscribers will be able to get their hands on it a little earlier, although progression will likely be limited in comparison to full release.
KitGuru Says: It’s good to see that EA is learning from its mistakes, and hopefully setting a new precedent for the company. Are you okay with microtransactions, so long as they’re cosmetic?