EA Removes Microtransactions from Star Wars Battlefront II for Now

EA Removes Microtransactions from Star Wars Battlefront II for Now - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 17 November 2017 / 3,647 Views

Electronic Arts has decided to remove the microtransactions Star Wars Battlefront II amid pressure from fans. 

"Thank you to everyone in our community for being the passionate fans that you are," reads a message from EA.

"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.

"We have created a game that is built on your input, and it will continue to evolve and grow. Star Wars Battlefront II is three times the size of the previous game, bringing to life a brand new Star Wars story, space battles, epic new multiplayer experiences across all three Star Wars eras, with more free content to come. We want you to enjoy it, so please keep your thoughts coming. And we will keep you updated on our progress."

Star Wars Battlefront II will launch for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC on November 17.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Nuvendil (on 17 November 2017)

Oh and don't buy the game, this move is temporary damage control, keep up the pressure until they take the hint

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Darwinianevolution (on 17 November 2017)

"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." Yep, they are coming back the second people start to forget about them. We'll have a month or so at most without them, then they'll come back with a vengeance. Specially if people are tired of playing hours upon hours to unlock everything.

KeithC1990 (on 17 November 2017)

This means nothing, DO NOT let this fool you into purchasing the game. Firstly, it's still going to take 4,000 hours to unlock everything which was the major issue, and that has not been resolved by this statement. Secondly, they will ofcourse bring back paid for crystals, which they even confirm in the statement. Overall it screams of a desperate plea to get people to purchase the game, the reviews are out and it's flopped.

Stellar_Fungk (on 17 November 2017)

Please add in ”for now” on the title.

Walbert (on 17 November 2017)

For me EA are at the same level as Konami, i will never touch one of their games ever again.

miedek (on 18 November 2017)

EA games. Not even once.

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StriderKiwi (on 17 November 2017)

IT'S A TRAP! Their plan is to rake in first month sales then business as usual once January hits and the Pay to Win practices return.

COKTOE (on 17 November 2017)

The worst.

Ggordon (on 17 November 2017)

Still not getting it Even if we put aside the lootboxes this is just battlefield 1 with stars wars so no way This series needs a more compitent developer as well as publisher

malistix1985 (on 17 November 2017)

All clear oh wait "Temporarily" ALERT ALERT

V-r0cK (on 17 November 2017)

Make it permanent and more will buy.

venomcarnage (on 17 November 2017)

Yeah as soon as this dies down back in they go.

Nuvendil (on 17 November 2017)

I ghess when mainstream media starts calling you AND your partner asking why you are pushing gambling on minors and multiple governments start investigating you for pushing gambling on minors, you have to do something, right?

Nem (on 17 November 2017)

"We are atracting too much atention! Reset! Reset! We gotta lose this atention before they regulate this gambling!" I hope investigations continue. This panic reset means absolutely nothing.

Ganoncrotch (on 17 November 2017)

I'm waiting on a press release from Kevin Spacey saying he is taking a step back from raping for now. Should be treated more or less the same way. EA are still terrible, if they stop being terrible "for now" that shouldn't get them any respect back.

COKTOE (on 18 November 2017)

I'd love to see them lose industry standing permanently. It's not as if this is some kind of one-off misstep. They've been terrible for a long time. My vote is fuck em. Fuck em' for good.

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JON0 (on 17 November 2017)

The comments here pretty much already sum up how i feel about this. The whole 'don't buy the game' and 'boycott EA' talk that was going on scared them shitless. They want your $60, but they also want money from the mainstream gamers that will end up paying out for the micro transactions. I don't think this apology is genuine, otherwise the boss of EA defending this shitty business practice would also need to apologize. Now, if i were the head of EA and there was such an outrage and extreme backlash about this, i would say all micro transactions from the game will be removed FOREVER. This would avoid loss of sales, but also make sure people who like star wars, and the BF series in general, will enjoy the game to its fullest extent. I've seen quiet a few conspiracy theories, stating that this is all a big publicity stunt for BF2; think of that what you will.. but if that turns out to be true..Then EA really has sunk to the lowest of the low and whilst its a 'smart' 'business idea', gamers never forget. Enjoy another Golden Poo Award EA, It's surely what you deserve.

Gamer147 (on 18 November 2017)

Micro transactions are terrible. Some of the best call of duty games ruled because they didn't have micro transactions. The game was fair. Micro transactions will make certain players overpowered and make the game less fun.

DevilRising (on 17 November 2017)

You know...companies might actually stop making garbage games/movies, if people quit paying out the ass for garbage games/movies. Alas, people won't.

Johnw1104 (on 17 November 2017)

Translation: "We've decided to postpone the implementation of the microtransactions until you've all purchased the game."

Sixteenvolt420 (on 19 November 2017)

I'll grab it in a month or so, unless it happens to be on sale for Black Friday. Really interested in the single player campaign, that the last Battlefront game was lacking.

ArchangelMadzz (on 18 November 2017)

JUST DON'T PUT THE MAIN CHARACTERS BEHIND THE BS AND MOST PEOPLE WILL CALM DOWN. Could you imagine this situation but Mario Kart and Mario and Luigi are locked behind this bs?

cliffhanger (on 17 November 2017)

Cool, so now we will have 'canceled preorder re-preordered' threads? Big win for gamers though.

Errorist76 (on 17 November 2017)

It'll be a win for gamers the second they'll start releasing games without that crap.

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