Loot boxes have arrived in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. They're randomized and in the vein of other gacha-style loot boxes common in mobile games.
The loot boxes are called Fortune Cookies, and they can be exchanged for either bells or real-world currency via Leaf Tickets. They contain random, rare items that are apparently exclusive to Fortune Cookies.
Fortune Cookies are divided up into tiers, with premium items tied to their corresponding, themed premium Fortune cookies which are 50 Leaf Tickets. A second tier of Fortune Cookies are available for 5,000 Bells, and the lowest tier of cookies go for 50 bells. There are also the chance of getting duplicate items.
The premium Fortune Cookies are also divided into three pools of cookies, each with their unique set of items. So far there is Marshal's Pastry Cookie, Rosie's Pop-star Cookie, and Filbert's Rocket Cookie, each going for 50 Leaf Tickets.
Tommy also rotates the cookies sold for 5,000 bells every now and then, including with premium cookies sold for 50 Leaf Tickets. That means there are opportunities to buy Fortune Cookies for Bells.
As a bonus, you'll get a stamp on a little punch card after each fortune cookie. Collect 10 and you can exchange the stamp card for a special item. However, some items will require you to exchange more than one card, so you'll need to get 10 stamps several times if an item you want is too pricey.
Microtransactions aren't new to Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. Premium items could previously be purchased directly. However, the random element throws a little chaos into the mix. This feels counter-intuitive to a game that asks players to build their campsite very deliberately and to their specifications.
The game's subreddit has responded poorly to the new feature. One of the more popular threads simply reads, "They just added Lootboxes to this game? I'm out." Loot boxes have come under fire ever since the Star Wars Battlefront 2 controversy. EA even said that the company can't make the same mistake with loot boxes again.
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp seems pretty intent on having you buy these Fortune Cookies. The game added a new 2,500 Leaf Ticket bundle for $80, a new more expensive tier of Leaf Ticket bundles.
Nintendo's mobile games are no stranger to loot boxes. Fire Emblem Heroes might be the best example for gacha mechanic implementation into Nintendo titles to great success. In a earnings call last year, Nintendo revealed that profits from Fire Emblem Heroes outpaced profits from Super Mario Run despite Mario having a larger install base.
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