Microtransactions in Star Wars Battlefront II have been the subject of a huge debate ever since Electronic Arts announced them. The fans didn’t like them from the start, but they hated the explanation offered by EA even more. The official gambling authority in Belgium even accused the game of having an element of gambling in loot boxes, and it seemed that nothing good was happening for Battlefront 2 these days.
It was evident that EA had to do something and they decided to go with a bold move. The gaming community reported this morning that the studio removed microtransactions from the Origin store. That motivated us to check Amazon, and we noticed that they stopped selling packs, too. A couple of hours ago we got an official confirmation from the California-based company that the loot boxes have been removed.
It Is Only TEMPORARY
According to the announcement on the official website, Electronic Arts will temporarily be removing microtransactions from Star Wars Battlefront II. The studio admitted that they had made a mistake with implementing loot crates. They claim that it was never their intention to give an unfair advantage to some players (those with deeper pockets) and offer their apologies.
From this moment, you won’t be able to buy crystal packs as an in-game purchase. The removal will remain in effect until the developers figure out a proper solution to the problem. For now, the only way to make progress in the game will be by actually playing it. However, we can expect that this change won’t last too long, especially considering that EA has always considered revenue as their top priority (regardless of what they are saying).
As for the players, they could count this as a small win. If you are a fan of the game, we suggest you take advantage of the current situation before they implement crystal packs again. We also want to commend the fact that EA acknowledged that they were wrong and officially apologized. That is a big step, and we can only hope that they will deliver on the promise and continue listening to the community feedback before making further changes.
Star Wars Battlefront II is available from today via the Origin store. The game that is three times as big as the previous one and significantly richer with all kinds of contents costs $60 for the base edition. If you are a fan of the franchise and you want to get the deluxe version, it will cost you $80.