The most exciting news, however, is that Anthem is to not include the use of loot boxes. Though there will be monetization in the form of cosmetic and vanity items, Bioware said that there will be no game advantages available through real-world money. As EA’s focus in recent years has been on the support of loot boxes, this is a refreshing update.
These announcements came after Brännvall acknowledged last year’s loot box controversy, which prompted a large overhaul of the progression system. As the Design Director said himself, “Clearly, we didn’t get it quite right.”