The Anthem in game store

EA and Bioware have been very silent regarding what kind of pricing model ANTHEM would release with. We knew early on that the store wouldn’t contain loot boxes, only cosmetic items, but then gamers in the beta found out that the cost of cosmetics were quite ridiculous with its $20 skins. Journalists have tried to get a response on the matter, but with statements like “this is just an iteration of the final product”, suspicion began to arise.

Now that the game is released for everyone: What does the store look like, what does it have to offer and what do the items cost? There are two currencies in the game, coins and shards, and as for now you can purchase all items with either of the currency type. While coins can be earned in game, shards can only be bought for real money in the following amounts. As usual there is a small bonus of shards the more money you spend.

  • 500 shards $4.99
  • 1050 shards $9.99
  • 2200 shards $19.99
  • 4600 shards $39.99

The baseline is basically that $1 will buy you a 100 shards. For your shards you can purchase armor packs, which are skins for your Javelin, the exosuit of your character, fabrics or metals, material customization for the exosuit, and lastly decals for your suit, which are exactly what they sound like.

While the pricing is not near as bad as it was in the beta, it doesn’t seem that EA are embarrassed by selling skins for almost $10 in a full priced $60 game, and they will probably continue in this manner unless we as gamers start calling them out. Not once, but game release after game release, by not purchasing games which contain these elements we don’t like. How much grindier the game has been made is a question only EA can answer. If you don’t like it, don’t buy it.

EA folds in Belgium

In April of 2018, Belgium contested the in-game purchasable player packs in EA’s FIFA, claiming them to be of a gambling nature since you don’t know the outcome of the purchase. This meant that EA would have to have a license to sell the packs, which they didn’t. EA has basically been violating the Belgian law for quite a while.

The good news is that EA has finally made the decision to stop selling the “loot boxes” in Belgium and they are very sorry on their customers behalf since they are not able to provide that service any longer. Well, good riddance.

It remains to be seen if other European countries will follow suit. Something we dearly hope here at Don’t Pay the Game, and think they at least should consider, especially since FIFA games are marketed towards individuals with an age of less than 18. The game has rating of 3 (years old), which makes the situation even more concerning. Does your child purchase the player packs? The biggest question of them all is though… Why aren’t games containing loot boxes forced to be rated 18+?