Microtransactions are returning to Star Wars: Battlefront II but they'll be cosmetic-only

By Polycount ยท 15 replies
Mar 16, 2018
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  1. As microtransactions become synonymous with the AAA gaming experience, customers have been forced to decide how far they're willing to let publishers go with their integration. Some gamers draw the line at microtransactions in singleplayer titles, whereas others are only against loot boxes. Another portion of gamers would prefer not to have microtransactions in their games at all.

    Individual preferences aside, many gamers seem to agree video game publisher Electronic Arts (EA) took things too far with the launch of Star Wars: Battlefront II last year. When the game first launched, it contained alleged "pay-to-win" microtransactions in the form of loot boxes.

    These microtransactions went on to spark widespread fan backlash, attract mainstream media attention and even draw the attention of government regulators.

    In response to player complaints, EA decided to pull microtransactions from the game entirely until a better solution could be found. It now seems they've found just that if a recent blog post is anything to go by.

    In the post, EA claims an upcoming Battlefront II update will completely overhaul the game's progression system. EA says progression will no longer be tied to loot boxes or microtransactions but will instead be completely linear.

    For example, users will earn experience points for the "classes, hero characters, and ships" they choose to play. Players who level up their characters will be rewarded with "Skill Points" which can be used to unlock or upgrade Star Cards.

    Crates, on the other hand, will no longer contain Star Cards nor will they be available for purchase. Rather, players will acquire them by logging in daily, completing Milestones or beating timed challenges.

    Crates, on the other hand, will no longer contain Star Cards nor will they be available for purchase. Rather, players will acquire them by logging in daily, completing Milestones or beating timed challenges. Furthermore, Crates will only include cosmetic items such as victory poses, emotes or Credits.

    These changes alone would likely address the vast majority of fan complaints but EA isn't stopping there. If you want to purchase "new looks" for heroes or troopers, you'll be able to purchase them outright by using Credits earned through gameplay or Crystals purchased with real money. "If you've ever dreamed of being a part of the Resistance as a Rodian, your chance is right around the corner," the blog post reads.

    All of these changes will certainly please Battlefront II's more loyal fans but it could be a case of "too little, too late" for EA and DICE. Time will tell if the "Progression Update," scheduled to roll out on March 21, will be enough to bring back fans who have long since abandoned the title.

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  2. OutlawCecil

    OutlawCecil TS Guru Posts: 455   +303

    Ugh there's so many better games out there by developers that aren't greedy. Who has time for this crap? I've been addicted to Empyrion lately. It's cheap and gets lots of updates since it is Alpha. Great if you like custom building stuff.
  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 4,164   +2,637

    Hmmmmm .... A wookie with a face lift ..... now novel
  4. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,118   +650

    This ship sailed, and sank, a long while ago.
    Comanche and Reehahs like this.
  5. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,905   +1,201

    This game needs to die in a fire so EA will learn it's lesson properly.
    Comanche likes this.
  6. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,594   +1,742

    This doesn't solve the problem , let me earn experience by getting g kills and winning games! EA is still stubborn and won't admit their game model sucked. Aside from their progression system BF II is an amazing game. Fix what is actually wrong with it!!!!!
    Reehahs and psycros like this.
  7. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 1,224   +1,321

    Meh. The game is still boring and bland, since it was designed around the microtransaction system. It still pales in comparison to the first two games.
  8. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,180   +1,709

    Dear major game publishers:

    Why not take that "season pass" concept and include not only DLC but all those cosmetic and optional items as well? THAT might actually make it worth paying for.
    mcborge likes this.
  9. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 2,847   +1,393

    "Logging in daily" yep. There's the hook. The line and sinker will probably soon follow, and after that, micro-transactions in the game will probably be like they were before the backlash.
  10. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 4,164   +2,637

    Same pig ... more lipstick
    Burty117, mcborge and Reehahs like this.
  11. Reehahs

    Reehahs TS Guru Posts: 683   +409

    and powder!
    Burty117 likes this.
  12. Comanche

    Comanche TS Enthusiast Posts: 45   +35

    "Daily Loggin"------- can somebody get that powdered Pig some Deodorant Please
    Burty117 and Reehahs like this.
  13. techdaz

    techdaz TS Rookie

    * Basically what they need to do is actually implement In-Game Advertising since logging in Daily is a function of that similarly. Therefore funding for Games will come from Social ~Media and not from having to gamble to win items, this will allow EA to develop counter strategies for players with specific (Super)weapons, for example, Someone could buy/win a YODA Star Card that allows Yoda to force move objects behind a wall ( This would pose an unfair advantage to some players) thus a counter strategy for that exotic skill is for Assault Troopers to have Lasers that bounce off objects including floors ceilings walls etc.
  14. GreyFoxx

    GreyFoxx TS Booster Posts: 85   +61

    When are Disney going to take the rights from EA and give to a developer that will do something decent :(
  15. ghostf1re

    ghostf1re TS Maniac Posts: 279   +150

    I still haven't played the game and I still have no plans to. I won't support EA.
  16. nugnamnivek

    nugnamnivek TS Rookie

    Cosmetic Enhancement is exactly the compromise we should be happy to see. No reason at all to complain about this. If someone wants to pay to get a yellow gun, so be it! Expecting to see even cosmetic changes banned is just straight out of touch with reality and 100% illogical.

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