FIFA 21 adds some much-needed tools to help parents and players track their playtime and spending.
FIFA 21 has taken a big step over the last week to finally give players better control and information about their spending and playtime. EA Sports new Playtime feature first rolled out on PC last week and now it’s available across the board. It lets you monitor how much time and money you’ve spent on the game, while also giving you the ability to set limits for yourself or other players on your account. As far as tools go, this is an excellent effort to help parents better understand what their young gamers are doing.
Of course, the more cynical among us will likely view this as a stopgap measure as EA fights several lawsuits around its predatory loot boxes. And frankly, there’s probably some truth to that. It doesn’t address the core issue many players have with loot boxes. That said, it at least provides the idea that EA is doing something to protect a group vulnerable from their scummier tactics. It doesn’t really address gamers with gambling addictions or anything like that, but it is a very small step in the right direction.
That said, it certainly feels like FIFA 21 is trending towards something of a breaking point. We’ve seen several loot box lawsuits coming forward in the last few months. Plus, content in FUT has been slowly changing in terms of what’s available where. You still feel the pull of FIFA points, of course. However, unless you want the very best players, it doesn’t feel as strong. I guess that could just be because the servers are so bad, but who can say?
FIFA 21 is available now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. You can also pick it up on PS5 and Xbox Series X. However, the next-gen update isn’t available until December 4.