As expected, EA has confirmed our report. Check out the complete letter to fans in full below.
Thank you to everyone in our community for being the passionate fans that you are.
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.
In news that should make everyone (including us!) happy, EA finally, finally caved and is taking out all the Star Wars Battlefront II microtransactions that are making everyone very unhappy. How unhappy? Try having the-most-downvoted-Reddit-post-in-history unhappy!
Multiple sources have confirmed to MP1st that an announcement is coming very, very soon. Once the official announcement is out we”ll be sure to update the post.
It seems Crystals, the in-game currency that can be bought by real-world money, is off the table! All Star Cards, Heroes, and game-changing items can only be obtained by natural progression (grinding)! When DICE mentioned that a “progression iteration” was incoming at launch, we never thought it’d be this big, but we’ll take it with open arms.
It’s been a challenging few days at EA and developer DICE, what with the recent AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit not going down as well as some people might have hoped. Will this change be enough to stop the low score review bombing by users? Let’s hope so.
Stay tuned to MP1st’s review of Star Wars Battlfront II which will factor in the new changes, and where we can hopefully focus on the gameplay rather than the predatory microtransaction scheme by EA.
Regardless if this was changed due to gamer pressure or not, it’s certainly a victory for gamers worldwide. Did this change your opinion of Battlefront II? Will you consider buying it now? Let us know what you think of this major development in the comments below.