Do local developers feel pressured to incorporate Loot-boxes into their games?
In the past year Loot-boxes have been in over 20 different titles, this is double from last year.
Due to this, several countries are currently looking into Loot-boxes as a form of underage gambling.
These countries include Belgium, which has been investigating the mind games that Loot-boxes and Micro-transactions play on younger players.
Hawaiian democratic state Representative Chris Lee described games like Star Wars: Battlefront II as a “Star-Wars themed casino.”
Micro-transactions make an absolute killing
In order to get the take of gaming studios around Bournemouth, we spoke to several companies about the issue.
CEO and Creative Director of Rebourne Studios Jonathan Ridgway had this to say: “Ultimately, unless governments decide to step in, the fact of the matter is these loot boxes and micro-transactions in general make an absolute killing. So big publishers won’t stop unless it hurts their bottom line.”
Rebourne Studios is an gaming company established in Bournemouth.
the Bournemouth University graduates who run the studio pay homage to Bournemouth in the name itself Re’bourne’ studios.
The studio is currently developing the life-sim RPG Rite of Life Which is inspired by games such as Harvest Moon, Pokemon and Monster Hunter.
Rebourne also develops UFO – Unfortunately Fortunate Organisms an alien resource management game.
Whatever the future lies for Loot-boxes in gaming, they will remain incredibly controversial post-Battlefront II.