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EA's Response to Battlefront 2 Complaints Draws Reddit Backlash

13 November 2017, 08:35 | Jodi Jackson

Whether EA will manage to get their act together long enough to fix Battlefront II's multiplayer unlock system is yet to be seen.

A new "Star Wars" game is just days from its big debut, and one of the top posts on the game's Reddit page is instructions for how to cancel your pre-order. However, testers of the game allege EA has taken the microtransactions too far. This was replying to a thread where someone was outraged that they paid $80 to unlock Darth Vader as a playable character.

More fuel was poured on the fire when Mat Everett, the game's community manager, published a Tweet where he complained about "armchair developers on the internet". Players can choose from an array of land and air vehicles and master their own hero's journey, with customizable character progression across heroes, villains, troopers and starfighters. However, Star Wars: Battlefront II is being blasted by the community since the weekend for its blatant pay-to-win model and this is exactly what has been toned down from the review copies.

Star Wars: Battlefront II will be available on November 17.

The issue is a play mechanic called 'loot crates.' They're unpopular, especially among core players, but they're immensely profitable and are becoming more and more common in today's games.

It's a shame that this progression fiasco is dominating the Battlefront 2 conversation right now, because there's a ton to love about the actual game. That assumes you don't spend any of those points on other upgrades or loot crates, which are also implemented in this game.


As per Kotaku, since the average multiplayer match provides players with up to 250 to 350 credits and this would require 10 to 15 minutes of play, it would take a lot of time until one could unlock all characters.

In another post, EA stated that it chose the cost (for unlocking Heroes) based on the data it received from the Open Beta phase. Heroes are purchased with points, and you can get more points by paying money.

Based on the calculations by Reddit user TheHotterPotato, unlocking Luke or Vader during the review event would have taken only roughly 6-hours.

Essentially, "When and how is it okay to handle charging players money in games?" More specifically, the realization that numerous franchise's most memorable characters wouldn't be playable in the game from the get-go. And that's after spending $60 or more on the game itself.

In response to the community team's declaration that they want players to feel "pride and accomplishment", one user said: "Wow that is a awful response".

At the time of writing, the comment made just over 14 hours ago has not gone down well with fans, receiving more than 125 000 downvotes and climbing, making it the most downvoted comment in Reddit history.



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