Apex Legends Community Criticizes High Prices of Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Skins

Anna Bells


Apex Legends Community Criticizes High Prices of Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Skins

In a stunning blend of virtual worlds, the popular battle royale game Apex Legends recently announced its crossover with the legendary Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth, stirring excitement among the gaming community. Slated to go live on January 9, the collaboration promises 36 new cosmetic items, including coveted weapons and Legend skins. However, with the new content rollout, an unexpected controversy has emerged, putting developer Respawn Entertainment at the center of a financial dispute with their player base.

The crux of the contention revolves around the method by which these skins can be acquired—a shift from the game’s previous collection events. Rather than offering a clear path to purchasing the entire set for a fixed sum, which would roughly amount to $160 in the past, Respawn has introduced a new randomized event pack system. These packs can contain any crossover items, but acquiring the entire collection is now purportedly setting players back a staggering $300.

At the heart of the dispute is including the iconic Buster Sword as the particular Mythic item, comparable to a Heirloom, in Apex Legends terminology. This Mythic item is subject to a low probability drop from the event packs in stark contrast to prior Heirlooms that could be secured by completing a collection. Based on the calculations shared by players on social forums, even purchasing 30 packs yields a mere 3.4% chance at the Buster Sword, driving discontent regarding both the cost and the randomized nature of rewards.

The backlash is vocal on platforms such as the Apex subreddit, where players debate not just the economic strain but the broader implications of microtransaction ethics in gaming. High-profile community members like YouTuber Macro have taken to their platforms to voice concerns that high-pricing models not only neglect pressing gameplay issues but also set a challenging precedent for future in-game events and monetization strategies.

The Apex Legends and Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth collaboration should have been a jubilant occasion for gamers worldwide, blending the nostalgia of a classic RPG with the thrill of a contemporary battle royale. Yet, the enthusiasm has been deeply marred by the irritating cost barrier for completing the new skin collection. As the uproar from the community continues to crescendo, it serves as a glaring reminder for game developers to consider the delicate balance between business models and player satisfaction. How Respawn Entertainment responds to this situation could set the tone for future interactions between game makers and their communities, particularly around the sensitive topic of microtransactions.