Published: Mon, November 20, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Lucasfilm weighs in on Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot box ordeal

Lucasfilm weighs in on Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot box ordeal

Star Wars Battlefront 2 is a prime example of taking the microtransaction model too far. For now, players will only be able to unlock the game's more advanced features (including the ability to play as Darth Vader) through gameplay.

Furthermore, with the multiplayer offering's backbone being built so fundamentally on the premise of randomised progression, which heavily incentivises spending real money where possible, it's hard to see what EA can feasibly do beyond lower the cash price of crystals. Right before the game's release, EA announced it'd temporarily remove microtransactions from the game.

Though it was easy to be optimistic about EA and DICE's follow-up to 2015's enjoyable-yet-malnourished Star Wars Battlefront reboot, the end result is one of the most depressingly, dispiritingly botched sequels to a hit AAA game this generation.

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In an SEC filing late last week, EA said the temporary removal of Battlefront II microtransactions "is not expected to have a material impact on EA's fiscal year 2018 financial guidance".

It's important to note this doesn't include digital sales of the game, where, ostensibly, it could've sold much better. The numbered top ten list is as follows: Call of Duty: WW2, Star Wars Battlefront II, FIFA 18, Pokemon Ultra Sun, Pokemon Ultra Moon, Assassin's Creed Origins, The Sims 4, LA Noire Remastered, Super Mario Odyssey, and Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2. According to Gabrielson, the developer and publisher have made a decision to turn off the option to purchase Battlefront II's in-game currency with real money.

And, of course, we know why this occurred: the microtransaction controversy. Hopefully, EA and other game publishers will learn from all of this moving forward.

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