EA Sports UFC 3 under fire for microtransactions and loot boxes

EA Sports UFC 3 under fire for microtransactions and loot boxes

Fresh from the controversy of Star Wars Battlefront II, EA has just launched the beta for their upcoming EA Sports title, UFC 3. Xbox One X owners will also be happy to hear that the beta is indeed enhanced on the beefed up console but it's not clear if that means you'll be able to see blood spray all over the octagon in 4K or if it's some sort of other enhancements. Every punch, kick, block, and counter has been recaptured and rebuilt on cutting-edge animation tech to look and feel life-like and responsive, delivering the most strategic, competitive fighting experience in franchise history.

Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players can find the beta on their respective digital stores right now.

The EA Sports UFC 3 beta officially became available to everyone on PS4 and Xbox One. Now, in the past, this has been a series that hasn't shied away from microtransactions, but it would appear, at least according to Astute Gaming, that they are "the most egregious ever".

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Building on the fan-favorite Knockout Mode introduced in EA Sports UFC 2, EA Sports UFC 3 delivers a new suite of multiplayer modes designed for fast, fun fights that are perfect for letting fists fly when playing against friends.

Not that the whole concept behind Ultimate Team, and loot boxes in general, isn't horribly cynical and predatory, but this does seem very much a case of players paying their money and taking their chance. Our matchmaking logic takes fighter attributes, moves, boosts, and perks into account and prioritizes matching players with similarly upgraded fighters in addition to player skill. Pre-ordering the game will let players receive up to three days early access to the full game, the choice of one current or former UFC champion as a Champion Fighter item in UFC Ultimate Team and 20 Premium Packs in Ultimate Team*.

EA Sports UFC 3 will release on February 2, 2018.

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