Star Wars Battlefront 2's Microtransactions are Bad Game Design

The “Most Downvoted Comment on Reddit” Award Goes to… EA

In an official post on the game's website, Executive Producer at DICE, John Wasilczyk gave an update on how much Heroes will cost in the game.

Even 300,000 downvotes isn't enough to get EA to change while players-including the big spenders that the game industry calls "whales"-are still pouring money into the game".

Emperor Palpatine, Leia Organa and Chewbacca are 10,000 credits to unlock, and Iden Versio, the all-new hero of Battlefront 2's single-player campaign, is 5,000 credits.

The top six heroes were never available for a direct real money exchange; in-game credits are acquired either through game play or as a bonus in one of three loot crate varieties through which a player acquires new items or upgrades existing vehicles, fighter classes or unlocked heroes. "We used data from the beta to help set those levels, but it's clear that more changes are needed". That controversy continues now that the game is out in EA/Origin Access, with players complaining about how the game allows you to essentially pay for the chance to get better items that actually affect your in-game performance.

The reviews have been mixed so far, but the fan response has been nearly universally negative: EA has an uphill battle to win back Star Wars fans, and it might be too late to bring Battlefront 2 back from the dead. You do not encourage horrendous grinding curves that encourage microtransaction boosts to unlock heroes and try to flip it on the community to tell players that grinding for dozens of hours drives "a sense of pride and accomplishment".

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Reddit user "MBMMaverick" recently posted about how it was unusual that the franchise's iconic character Darth Vader was locked behind a paywall in a premium game.

What do you make of all this change? Wrote another, "If I had a credit for every downvote you've gotten I could finally unlock Darth Vader!"

In what's either the bravest or most ill-advised move we've ever seen, DICE also announced that some of the key leads on Battlefront 2 will host a Reddit AMA on Wednesday.

For lots more on the current state of Battlefront II's loot box system and why we think it's problematic, check out the video above. Star Wars Battlefront 2 is out for everyone on November 17th, and our review will be going live later tonight.

It's progress of sorts, and it shows that EA and DICE are listening. For example, if you're the one to retrieve an item from the enemy base in Strike, you'll bag yourself a nice amount of Battle Points. We welcome the conversation.

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