Peter Moore Isn’t Concerned With FIFA Ultimate Team
Peter Moore has a lot of experience in the gaming industry, including credits at SEGA, Microsoft, and Electronic Arts and he isn’t concerned with FIFA Ultimate Team. According to Moore, FIFA fans enjoy FIFA Ultimate Team and don’t consider the mechanics predatory. While he admits that he understands the scrutiny and backlash from people, most people on the inside apparently don’t mind Ultimate Team. FIFA 21 is available right now for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
“People loved it. I think that sense of uncertainty and ‘What are you going to get?’ and then bang, Ronaldo or Messi would roll out and that’s a wonderful thing,” said Peter Moore. “The numbers speak for themselves. And if you play it, you love it. One of the only complaints we got about Ultimate Team while I was at EA was if the servers went down and they couldn’t play or open their packs. It has really developed a service element to the game itself, and pretty much reinvented with FIFA was all about in a period where sports games were relatively stagnant.”
“You’re always getting something. It’s not like you opened it and there are no players in there,” continued Peter Moore. “This is a personal view, but the concept of surprise and delight vs gambling… on a continuum, they’re a long way from each other. You buy or grind your way up to getting a gold pack, you open it up, and you’re either happy or you think it’s a crappy pack.”
“I don’t see that as gambling, per se but again, this is my personal view as an outsider right now. I get the scrutiny, I understand outside of sports that loot boxes (again, another EA title in particular) get a lot of scrutiny and criticism. EA pulled back on that. One thing they’re always good at is getting feedback and realizing ‘You know what, probably shouldn’t have done that’ or ‘That was the wrong decision, it wasn’t gamer-first,’ and then pulling back and making a different decision.”
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