I'm pretty sure it's all but guaranteed loot boxes or anything RNG related will be shut down, it's simply a matter of time at this point with various countries getting involved, devs will either ditch the system or they won't be allowed to sell their games in W/E country won't allow it. In this case there's no doubt developers/publishers change as you can't make much if countries like the U.S. or Japan won't allow your game to be sold in it, and whatever countries letting you keep loot boxes won't be even close enough to get by. I mean think on it, I'd say most sales come from the U.S., Halo 5 sold an estimated 5 million, let's assume 3 million of that 5 is U.S. sales, take that out and you lost 180 million dollars from that country alone. BIG dent in your sales. Now imagine a few more countries doing the same and you lose millions more, even smaller countries it can be a dent. Say you sold 200k copies to Japan and they ban the game, that's still 12 million you just lost out on. I only bring up smaller countries as some people under value how much they can contribute even if they bring in lower numbers, I mean sure 200k sales isn't a lot compared to the 3 million, but that 12 million dollar loss still hurts in the end.Johny45k wrote:So lets add something to the conversation.
What if lootboxes but not microtransactions are indeed banned throughout most of the world? That is becoming a very real possibility as we get closer to Infinites launch.
What would they do than?
As for what devs would do in place of it: there's various things they can do. They can go back to season passes, dlc implementation, buy exactly what you want IE cosmetics only which some are reverting to. I wouldn't be surprised to find some implement a system where you can only get an item by buying, meaning you can't earn it in game. Want that badass armor? Hope you have 10$ as there's no in game currency to get it, this method would suck if most of the armor is applied this way imagine had H5 did this, out if the 200+ variants, let's say only a dozen could be earned in game and the rest you could only obtain by paying, especially the fan favorites. Hell they may even come up with something entirely new, I'm sure they could get creative when it comes to making money.