For the first time, EA is letting FIFA 21 players purchase cosmetics without forking out for a loot box first.
The items were added at the start of May—a tifo, stadium theme and both a home and away kit are all available to purchase either individually or as a bundle. The bundle costs 700 FIFA points all together, around $7/£6. Individually, you're looking at 150 FIFA points for a tifo, 200 points for a stadium theme and 300 points for each kit (thanks, Eurogamer).
It's not a bad deal for a handful of cosmetics when you're forking out real money, but you might want to start saving if you're planning on buying these with the in-game FUT coins. A tifo will set you back 11,500 FUT coins, a stadium theme 15,000 coins, and 25,000 per kit. The bundle knocks the cost down to 60,000 coins, but it still feels a little much.
Still, these are just cosmetics, which softens the blow a little bit. It's no surprise that EA is still trying to gear people towards spending real money, and at least with these standalone cosmetics, you're getting a say in what items you get for your money.
The new items follow on from a rough couple of weeks for EA and FIFA, which saw leaked company documents appear to place a heavy emphasis on driving players to purchase loot boxes. It's sparked a debate over them and their place in games like FIFA, as well as their uncomfortable proximity to gambling.