Star Wars Battlefront 2 had built up quite the hype even before it was made available. And when it launched the player community was quick to notice that EA and DICE had implemented a game-breaking microtransaction system. Players could potentially buy in-game credits called Crystals with real money. These gave access to loot crates which had random drops.
Among these drops were items like highly powerful grenades and even highly effective cloaking abilities along with other cosmetic items. These essentially gave the edge to people who bought the crates and got such drops. Apart from this, it required money and a significant amount of time to unlock characters like Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader.
Play-to-win mentality in Star Wars Battlefront 2
This sent the gaming community over the edge and they openly put the developers down for such blatant pay-to-win mentality. Developers DICE took some quick action and scaled down the in-game cost for buying the premium characters by 75 percent, reported Gamespot. Though this got them some relief, it hardly solved the real problem, which was microtransactions.
Following this, Belgium’s gambling authority launched an investigation against Battlefront 2 regarding claims of gambling concerning the loot boxes. DICE and EA came up with a statement claiming that it is essentially not gambling.
DICE held an AMA on Reddit following this to address the rising tensions, and there they said that the microtransactions were an alternate method for progression for those who didn’t have enough time. And all loot crate items can be obtained from normal gameplay.
Discontinuation of microtransactions
After holding the AMA on Reddit, DICE sent out a notification saying that they have discontinued all the microtransactions, temporarily. “We’ve heard the concerns about potentially giving players unfair advantages,” said DICE in the release. “And we’ve heard that this is overshadowing an otherwise great game. This was never our intention. Sorry we didn’t get this right.”
All microtransactions have been removed from the game for now. Everything is now attainable through game progression, and all the DLC maps are free as well.
Star Wars Battlefront 2 was officially released on November 17 and is now available on all platforms.