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EA's excuse for paywalls in Battlefront II is Reddit's most hated comment

14 November 2017, 01:12 | Anna Nguyen

The “Most Downvoted Comment on Reddit” Award Goes to… EA

Star Wars Battlefront II

Star Wars Battlefront II-Electronic Arts most anticipated title of the year-has a galaxy of excited gamers ready to stoke up their lightsabers and join either the Empire or the Rebel Alliance.

Regardless of all the controversy now surrounding the game's microtransaction situation, a Star Wars campaign only comes along every so often, and I'm still looking forward to it. Stay tuned to TL;DR Games to find out what we end up thinking of Star Wars: Battlefront 2.

At the time of this writing, Battlefront 2's microtransactions and their impact upon progression in the game are a major flaw. Some characters, like the iconic villain in black, cost 60,000 credits, which would take you about 40 hours of in-game multiplayer as some players estimated.

Battlefront 2, a game that costs up to $80 to buy, doesn't come with every hero unlocked. You do not encourage horrendous grinding curves that encourage microtransaction boosts to unlock heroes and try to flip it on the community to tell players that grinding for dozens of hours drives "a sense of pride and accomplishment".

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This change will be live today, although it's unclear whether players who have already shelled out for the pricey heroes that have existed within the game for the past three days will be compensated in any way.

In response to this, EA released a statement on Reddit-and it didn't go well, reportedly becoming the most-downvoted comment in the history of Reddit with more than 433,000 downvotes. "Making games great comes from regular tuning". That' sounds 20-hours to unlock both heroes. "As one example, today we're making a substantial change based on what we've seen during the Play First trial". Even though EA has tweaked this aspect since the backlash, players on Reddit are still complaining about paywalled features of the game. He explained that change will be a constant for Battlefront II as it pertains to changing the in-game economy, with tweaks coming as DICE considers and responds to player feedback.

As for cost, we selected initial values based upon data from the Open Beta and other adjustments made to milestone rewards before launch. This is far more than a cosmetic change; if you can pay to be Darth Vader, that's a huge advantage over the people playing as lowly rebel forces. This isn't even the first time EA's tweaked Battlefront II in response to community criticism. They prey on those with addiction problems, and mangle games that use them to the point where they're virtually unplayable if you don't pony up more cash.

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