“We hear you loud and clear, so we’re turning off all in-game purchases.” proudly announces Oskar Gabrielson, General Manager of DICE. After the, to put it lightly, uproar over Battlefront II’s paid progression system and the failed Reddit AMA hosted by three members of the DICE team, EA finally backed off Battlefront II’s infamous microtransactions…for now!
No further details were given regarding the in-game purchases. However, it is confirmed that Battlefront II will be without any microtransactions when the game launches for those remaining enthusiasts out there. Given the widespread media coverage and shareholder concerns of EA’s blunders about the once-anticipated title, it is likely that the publisher did this under pressure and possibly waiting for the controversy to die down so they can implement the same paid progression system again, but that is merely speculation.
If you wish to read the statement, by all means go ahead. If this last-minute bailout of microtransactions gives you skepticism, I don’t blame you. For now, Battlefront II is just the straight game as many fans wanted in the first place. Unfortunately, they will have to savor that for a limited time until EA reintroduces a (hopefully) new system that only offers cosmetics.
Does this change your mind if you already cancelled your pre-order? Do you believe EA can redeem themselves, or is it too little, too late? Please let me know in the comments below!