EA Cancels Star Wars Battlefront 2 Microtransaction before Launch
In a last minute effort to save themselves, Electronic Arts aka EA has removed the Star Wars Battlefront 2 microtransactions before the game’s actual launch.
DICE GM Oskar Gabrielson on his blogpost said:
Our goal has always been to create the best possible game for all of you – devoted Star Wars fans and game players alike. We’ve also had an ongoing commitment to constantly listen, tune and evolve the experience as it grows. You’ve seen this with both the major adjustments, and polish, we have made over the past several weeks.
But as we approach the worldwide launch, it’s clear that many of you feel there are still challenges in the design. We’ve heard the concerns about potentially giving players unfair advantages. And we’ve heard that this is overshadowing an otherwise great game. This was never our intention. Sorry we didn’t get this right.
We hear you loud and clear, so we’re turning off all in-game purchases. We will now spend more time listening, adjusting, balancing and tuning. This means that the option to purchase crystals in the game is now offline, and all progression will be earned through gameplay. The ability to purchase crystals in-game will become available at a later date, only after we’ve made changes to the game. We’ll share more details as we work through this.
Star Wars Battlefront 2 Trailer microtransactions
There were also concerns that was raised during the beta testing phase of Star Wars Battlefront 2 including hardselling and pressuring to buy loot boxes for advantages, unbalanced settings, ultra-grinding and high-costs for upgrades and random loot boxes.
VentureBeat also has added details saying that Disney itself already got involved with this debacle.
Earlier today, Electronic Arts chief executive officer Andrew Wilson had a phone call with The Walt Disney Company chief executive Bob Iger about Star Wars: Battlefront II, according to sources familiar with the situation. A few hours after that call, and players are finding that the option to purchase the premium crystals currency is no longer working.