Apex Legends Iron Crown Collection axe costs at least £136 in microtransactions
EA and Respawn have been heavily criticised for hiding all of the best loot in Apex Legend’s latest timed event behind expensive loot boxes.
The new Iron Crown Collection event for Apex Legends is under fire for its reliance on loot boxes and the absurd amount of money you’d have to pay in order to get Bloodhound’s heirloom set.
The set is purely cosmetic and contains a unique axe, a kill quip, and a banner pose. Seemingly trivial stuff but it costs around £136 in microtransactions in order to get it.
The problem is that the set only becomes available once you’ve got all 24 of the other rare or legendary items in the event and they’re all in loot boxes, and you only get two of those for free by playing the game.
Each loot box costs 700 Apex coins – the default in-game currency – which at its cheapest (i.e. when you buy it in bulk) costs £4.86 when you buy coins with real money.
Even when buying Apex coins at their cheapest, which means you end up buying more than you actually need, that works out at £111.98 – and anything up to £127.84 if you buy in smaller amounts.
But that’s not even all, as to get Bloodbhound’s heirloom set you then need to spend another 3,500 Apex coins on top of the loot boxes, which costs around £25.
That means the absolute cheapest it’ll cost is £135.97, and the most expensive anything up to £167.79 if you don’t earn the two free loot boxes by playing.
That seems madness for a cosmetic skin that makes no difference to gameplay but of course for kids playing it, it all seems vitally important; especially as the Crown Collection event only runs for two weeks – adding a sense of urgency to the ridiculous monetary requirements.
Players have been particularly angry because the last event, called the Legendary Hunt, worked in a completely different way and allowed you to either earn its cosmetic extras or buy them directly from the in-game store.
Although the irony of Bloodhound’s heirloom set is that developer Respawn has said it will be added to the regular pool of loot sometime in the future, so you’ll only seem special for having it for a limited period of time.
The situation illustrates the increasing schism in how publishers approach loot boxes, with EA’s influence being blamed by many fans for Apex Legends’ increased use of the concept and Activision currently under fire for sneaking them in only after a game has launched – to avoid being mentioned in reviews or ratings board listings.
That compares to games like Rocket League which have removed them entirely, in favour of direct purchases. Which is hopefully the way of the future, but probably not if EA and Activision have their way…
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