Pay-To-Play ‘Star Wars Battlefront II’ Enrages Gamers

By Sarah Dezelin

The new release of “Star Wars Battlefront II” is meeting the worst reaction to any videogame release the Internet has ever seen.

The game is now available to play for some players even though launch is not until November 17. A Reddit user who was furious about in-game purchases necessary to use basic components of the game left a public complaint. He talked about how he bought the deluxe edition, only to have the main character locked.

He’s upset about game developer EA’s “micro-transaction” tendencies that make it so players either have to spend a disgusting number of hours in game, or spend (a lot of) hard-earned cash on getting the things that should be included.

EA responded with:

The intent is to provide players with a sense of pride and accomplishment for unlocking different heroes. 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 …read more