In a reversal that is almost unprecedented, EA has now removed the ability to purchase crystals in Star Wars Battlefront II. These crystals are designed to allow players to spend real money on in-game items, bypassing the credit system, which takes real playing time to earn to unlock characters. Why did they make this change? Please backlash.
Not long ago fans were up in arms after it was revealed that iconic characters could take dozens upon dozens of playing time to finally unlock without paying. On top of that, crystals could also allow a player to buy better equipment, thus encouraging a “pay-to-win strategy” in the multiplayer modes.
“As we approach the worldwide launch, it’s clear that many of you feel there are still challenges in the design,” DICE general manager Oskar Gabrielson says in a statement. “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.”
This isn’t the first response EA has made to this controversy. Earlier this week the company reduced the cost to unlock characters. However, this wasn’t enough for many fans of the franchise. In response, EA disabled the crystals. It should be noted, that this is just a temporary ban on the crystals, not a complete removal from the game.
EA plans on bringing the crystals back after they have had time to tweak and balance Battlefront II’s systems. Currently, we have no word on when that will be.
For now it seems, EA is listening to the fans, something they have reputation for not doing. So we should be glad. “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 is now available everywhere the game is sold, and can even be purchased as a digital download. You can already find reviews out there for the game, and while early opinions appear to be mixed, there really isn’t much that can beat suiting up for the Empire or the Rebels and fighting it out in an epic shooter. I may just have to head to the store.
What do you think about the changes Electronic Arts has made to the game as it heads into release? Are you excited about the game or are you disappointed with what you have seen so far? Let me know what you think in the comments below. For me, I can’t wait to give it a try. I loved the original and I hope this one will be every bit as good.
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