Many Star Wars fans are rejoicing because the deluxe version of Star Wars Battlefront II will be available to play tonight. While many fans are excited to get their hands on the newest entry in the series, there has been a lot of negative outcry toward the game over microtransactions. EA is no stranger to controversy when it comes to potential greed, but this situation has people riled up unlike any before it.
In Battlefront II, players will earn credits every time they play a multiplayer match. These credits can be used to unlock vehicles, weapons, and characters to play as. This sounds pretty standard at first, but one Reddit user by the name of TheHotterPotato discovered a horrible truth under it all.
Major characters in the Star Wars universe such as Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader cost 60,000 credits. In TheHotterPotato's experience, around 275 credits were earned after each match. When calculating everything, it was discovered around 40 hours of gameplay were needed just to unlock one of these characters. This also means that you would have to save for this one character in mind, not buying anything else along the way. Alternatively, players can buy loot boxes in the hopes of getting crafting materials to get the characters they want sooner.
This information caused a wave of anger in the Battlefront community. Shortly after, EA gave an official response to the controversy:
The intent is to provide players with a sense of pride and accomplishment for unlocking different heroes.
As for cost, we selected initial values based upon data from the Open Beta and other adjustments made to milestone rewards before launch. Among other things, we're looking at average per-player credit earn rates on a daily basis, and we'll be making constant adjustments to ensure that players have challenges that are compelling, rewarding, and of course attainable via gameplay.
We appreciate the candid feedback, and the passion the community has put forth around the current topics here on Reddit, our forums and across numerous social media outlets.
Our team will continue to make changes and monitor community feedback and update everyone as soon and as often as we can. — EA Community Team
This response was not what the fans were looking for. In just a few hours, this statement became the most downvoted post on Reddit, currently sitting at a score of -333,000 points. This far surpasses the previous post to hold the record, paling in comparison at -24,000 points.
As the controversy raged on, many swore to boycott the game. But just a few hours ago, EA dropped the in-game prices of the characters by 75%. The substantial discount reduces the amount of time spent tremendously. Unfortunately for many, the damage is already done.
Will you be picking up Star Wars Battlefront II? Do you think EA is pushing microtransactions too hard? Let us know what you think in the comments below!