Electronic Arts is getting ready to release Star Wars Battlefront II, and while we haven’t reviewed the game – widespread reports point to the game being plagued by loot crate shenanigans, and not the good kind of shenanigans.
The reports point to a few key points: loot crates give a very clear advantage to players that pony up and purchase them over players who simply buy the main game and play like normal (without buying loot crates). Coming from this, it can take dozens of hours to grind and unlock another playable character.
The game’s premium currency, Crystals, have completely bewildered players regarding the progression system – further cementing the overall feeling the game is decidedly a pay-to-win kind of experience. This boils down to non-paying players being completely screwed from the very beginning, no matter what they do.
Electronic Arts has already responded to the widespread criticism for the game: “The intent is to provide players with a sense of pride and accomplishment for unlocking different heroes.”
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Their response continues:
As for cost, we selected initial values based upon data from the Open Beta and other adjustments made to milestone rewards before launch. Among other things, we’re looking at average per-player credit earn rates on a daily basis, and we’ll be making constant adjustments to ensure that players have challenges that are compelling, rewarding, and of course attainable via gameplay.
We appreciate the candid feedback, and the passion the community has put forth around the current topics here on Reddit, our forums and across numerous social media outlets.
Our team will continue to make changes and monitor community feedback and update everyone as soon and as often as we can.
This was a response to a player saying he paid $80 on the game, only to find Darth Vader locked behind a paywall or dozens of real-world hours to access.
Star Wars Battlefront II is launching across PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on November 17th.