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Battlefield 5 will not have loot boxes (update)

This time around there’s no randomized paid loot

Battlefield 5 - A close-up of a bald soldier with tanker’s goggles, he’s wearing a german Fallschirmjäger pattern camouflage jacket. EA DICE/Electronic Arts
Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

Battlefield 5 was revealed today during a special livestreamed event by developer EA DICE and publisher Electronic Arts. But one controversial subject was not mentioned, and that’s loot boxes.

Asked for comment, an EA spokesperson told Polygon that there will not be randomized loot boxes in Battlefield 5. That’s consistent with themes shared during the reveal event and at a pre-briefing delivered to the press earlier this week. Battlefield 5 will completely divorce gameplay progression from cosmetic unlocks. Gameplay unlocks will only be available to be earned through play, while cosmetic items will have no gameplay effects.

Battlefield 5 is expected to launch simultaneously on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. An early trial of the game will be available to Origin and EA Access members on Oct. 11. The deluxe edition of the game will unlock on Oct. 16, with the standard edition coming out on Oct. 19.

Update: A previous version of this article said that some cosmetic items would be available via real money transactions. A spokesperson told Polygon that was stated in error. More information will be provided at a later date about potential real-money transactions in Battlefield 5.