Anthem Producer Reiterates Loot Boxes Will Not be in the Game Because They Have “No Purpose”
BioWare Lead Producer has gone on record again reminding fans that Anthem will in no way contain loot boxes.
Ever since EA’s loot box conundrum back in 2017 with the release of Star Wars Battlefront II, fans have been especially suspicious and nervous that more of the publisher’s future releases would also contain the randomized crate system. This nervousness has been heightened potentially more than ever before with BioWare’s upcoming release of Anthem, which will notably contain a variety of different cosmetic items that your own character can don.
Well, fear not, as Anthem’s lead producer Michael Gamble has once again eased any concerns that the game would contain loot boxes of any form. Over on Twitter recently, Gamble got into a hot argument with a fan that claimed Anthem would be stuffed to the brim with microtransactions and loot boxes. Gamble said this wasn’t true whatsoever, and calmly responded.
“We aren’t going to add loot boxes. It serves no purpose,” Gamble stated. “The cosmetics and microtransaction plan is what we’ve outlined.” Gamble then went on to clarify just what is actually included in the Legion of Dawn edition of the game, which is essentially the Special Edition version of Anthem that comes with more goodies.
Of course, just because Anthem won’t boast the dreaded loot box doesn’t mean it is free of microtransactions entirely. That said though, these real-money exchanges will be confined to cosmetics for your Javelins and not related to story content. In fact, BioWare has already previously stated that additional story content will be released for free after Anthem launches next month.
On paper, Anthem’s microtransaction scheme seems to be the right one. We’ll have to wait and see more of how it has been implemented when the full game releases, but fingers crossed that it won’t be invasive in the slightest.
Anthem comes to PS4, Xbox One, and PC next month on February 22.
We aren’t going to add loot boxes. It serves no purpose. The cosmetics and mtx plan is what we’ve outlined. Legion of dawn is 4 new armour packs. They aren’t just skins. Each javelin has 4 armour bits. You get 16 with LOD + wpn + other goodies
— Michael Gamble (@GambleMike) January 11, 2019