Information has been spilling out about Battlefield V since its reveal live stream event earlier this week. While we got to see when and where the world will be taking place. One question remained: What about microtransactions? Publisher EA has become infamous for their usage of manipulative or otherwise abusive microtransaction models in games. One common example being randomized loot boxes.
According to Polygon, an EA spokesperson told them that there will not be randomized loot boxes in Battlefield V. Gameplay-altering items will only be unlockable and achievable through gameplay. While cosmetic items are confirmed to exist in the game, no clear statement has been made as to how you will unlock these items. A spokesperson did state that cosmetic items being available via microtransactions was "stated in error," however.
Once bitten, twice shy. I do not trust that EA will not try to capitalize what is arguably their biggest gaming title they own. It's noticeably clear that they're reconsidering their approach since the Star Wars Battlefront II debacle. As for what they plan in the future, we likely won't know for sure until the game's official release.
Battlefield V will launch on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on October 19. Origin and EA Access members can access the game as early as October 11, while Deluxe Edition customers will be able to play on October 16.