Loot boxes have become an extremely controversial (and massively profitable) game mechanic in recent years. The delivery varies, but the basic idea is the same. Players pay real money for in-game content that is randomized, so they don’t know what they’re getting before they pay. The latest game to feature this kind of system is one that added it six months after launch: Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp.
Nintendo’s developers have been pretty careful not to go overboard with microtransactions in their mobile games thus far, which is something investors haven’t appreciated. It looks like the latter group has gotten their way, thanks to the addition of a new Fortune Cookie system in the mobile
Animal Crossing experience.
As of the Version 1.4.0 update,
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp now has a Shop where players can purchase randomized goods via Fortune Cookies. Some premium items can only be acquired by purchasing these Fortune Cookies, and it’s possible to get duplicates of items you already bought. Some of these exclusive items include furniture, clothing, and even items that unlock cutscenes featuring the animals in your camp.
A premium Fortune Cookie will cost you 50 Leaf Tickets, and they come in three flavors that rotate out after a couple of months. Purchasing a premium Fortune Cookie gets you a stamp on your card, and ten stamps completes the card. These cards can then be exchanged for specific rare goods, but many of these goods will cost you multiple completed cards, and one item in particular requires ten completed cards. In other words, you’d have to pay for 100 Fortune Cookies to get the one free item.