The announcement, which was made by EA Friday morning on Twitter, comes in the midst of a huge backlash towards the absurd conditions to unlock more content for a game that has already cost $80 dollars.
Today, we turned off in-game purchases for #StarWarsBattlefrontII. The game is built on your input, and it will continue to evolve and grow. Read the full update: https://t.co/asGASaYXVp pic.twitter.com/vQSOmsWRgk
— EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) November 17, 2017
EA’s response to the criticism added more fuel to the fire. With more than 260,000 net downvotes, EA’s justification to why unlocking Darth Vader or Luke Skywalker would need 60,000 credits was deemed the most unpopular comment in the history of Reddit.
It is worth noting that an average user must put in 40 hours of continuous gameplay for the achievement.
To put things even more into context, Star Wars Battlefront II comes in two flavors: the multiplayer mode and the single-player one. The multiplayer, which involves up to 40 players, comes with extra goodies like more costumes, better weapons, and the ability to play Vader or Skywalker.
Fans Feel Betrayed
However, the extra content can be accessed only with an exaggerated time investment or real dollars. But spending $100 dollars won’t be enough to buy the 60,000 credits required to unlock the game’s legendary characters. You’ll have to invest a lot of grinding hours too.
EA’s justified the game’s absurd requirements with an intent to “provide players with a sense of pride and accomplishment” when accessing the bonus content. However, the response sparked even more outrage over putting Vader behind a paywall. One Reddit user summed up the situation:
I wonder if Burger King wants to sell me a sense of pride and accomplishment by making me work 10 hours for my f*** fries.
While some analysts are concerned sales may be affected by the scandal ahead of the holiday season, others believe that the outrage coming from core fans will not affect the mass market audience. Many players have canceled their pre-orders or asked for a refund.
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