Although lootboxes really are a reliable business design and help studios maintain a steady flow of income after release, it is almost always frowned upon once they affect progression or give paying players an unfair advantage in multiplayer modes.
Well, the newly announced Need for Speed Heat won’t feature any lootboxes. However, the studio will release post-launch content by means of car packs, in addition to “time-save pack.” The second will help players spot collectables around the game’s world.
We plan to have post launch paid-DLC by means of car packs. Later this season, we'll introduce a time-save pack, that will show all collectables into the spotlight. Honestly, that's it. There are no loot boxes in NFS Heat there won't be.
Not only that, the studio confirmed all the customisation options are up for grabs if you are skilled enough to race on their behalf and win.
Customisation choices are earned with the completion of in-game events. For instance, you spot a street race on your map and spot it has a new performance part up for grabs. Win the race, win the part. Speed cards from NFS Payback have left.
Need for Speed Heat releases on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on November 8th.