EA Responds To Battlefront 2 Controversy
POSTED BY Paco Santos ON November 15, 2017
Star Wars: Battlefront II has been the talk of the town recently, because of the game’s microtransactions and loot boxes. The game is basically pay to win, as you can pay for in-game items that affect gameplay. This outraged majority of the franchise’s fans. Today, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen has responded to the crisis by saying that players can expect DICE to roll out “content changes” over time as player feedback is received by the game studio.
“The beauty of games today is you can constantly tune those games,” Jorgensen said during the UBS Global Technology Conference 2017 earlier this week. He also mentioned that DICE will be constantly improving the game so players should expect it to drastically change over time.
Jorgensen said that running a live service today is very different than the “old days” when people would buy a product and not expect any changes to be made. For Battlefront II, Jorgensen said “people need to be patient” until EA can accept things like hero credit-unlock values and related content.
“But also players should really understand that we listen to the community very closely and we will always be changing the games to make those games better and make the community more excited about playing those games,” Jorgensen said. During the speaking event, Jorgensen also spoke about EA’s approach to the games-as-a-service model. He said that Battlefront II will take full advantage of this model, unlike Battlefield 4 which he considered to be a missed opportunity, adding that the game could’ve been more lucrative if it implemented a live service.
Jorgensen believes the live service model as a big opportunity for EA, so players can expect to see more of this live service being implemented moving forward.Battlefront II launched on November 17 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, but if you pick up the Deluxe edition, you can already start playing right now. Overall, Jorgensen’s response seemed very vague and did not really offer a concrete response to the microtransaction controversy, leading us to expect that the microtransaction system will remain unchanged throughout the game’s first few months.