Sunday, November 12, 2017

Reddit Bashed EA Over Battlefront II Loot Boxes

We are only a few days away from Electronic Arts' upcoming action shooter release of Star Wars Battlefront II on this Friday, November 17. However, instead of being awfully hyped for the game, the entire gaming community is raging over EA's sneaky attempt of promoting in-game micro-transactions for unlocking popular characters like Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker of the franchise.

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These days, anyone would hate to pay extra for gaining access to loot boxes through micro-transactions after purchasing the full game against their money. So, when a player discovers after getting his hands on the game that Luke and Vader are unlockable characters, he urged people to cancel their pre-orders.

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Reddit Bashed EA Over Battlefront II Loot Boxes

One of the estimate by another player shows that one should spend 40 hours of playtime on Battlefront II to unlock Luke or Vader, in exchange for credits needed to get the heroes. One of the representatives from Electronic Arts tries reaching out the community by responding as such Reddit:

"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."
Subtly confirming that the 40 hours of playtime estimation was right, the response on the Battlefront subreddit did not go very well as fans took their anger and frustration over EA, making it the most downvoted comment in history of Reddit with a smashing -638,669 downvotes. Basically every other person who was looking forward to the release of Star Wars Battlefront II is taking their dig at EA on Reddit after they responded with a lame excuse.

Now, there are valid reasons for people to get angry over this. First of all, people who do not want to spend anymore dollars on the game's micro-transactions will have to play the game for two days just to unlock one of their favorite characters, which can only be unlocked within two minutes if they drop some cash. So, this is actually getting locked up behind a hidden pay-wall.

Star Wars Battlefront II is expected to release this Friday, November 17 on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Hopefully, EA will take notes from this harsh criticism from gamers and make necessary changes to the final game before the launch for good.

4 comments

I’m actually glad that EA is getting this kind of hate for such act.

However, nothing will be accomplished if people actually don't stop pre-ordering and refunded for the game. Money speaks louder than anything.

Looks like the backlash was much deserving for them this time. Hopefully, they will learn their lesson.

2 days worth of gameplay? How about we don't play the game at all?

That way, they will be forced to listen to the fans if everyone decides to do the same.