Change will be a Constant in Star Wars Battlefront II

Change will be a Constant in Star Wars Battlefront II

"Making games great comes from regular tuning", writes John Wasilczyk, Executive Producer at DICE. In a Battlefront 2 subreddit, the official EACommunityTeam response confirms that it takes 40 hours to unlock special Battlefront 2 characters, including Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. "We used data from the beta to help set those levels, but it's clear that more changes were needed". In those outings, you paid for the game up front and it came with all the characters already unlocked.

The reviews have been mixed so far, but the fan response has been nearly universally negative: EA has an uphill battle to win back Star Wars fans, and it might be too late to bring Battlefront 2 back from the dead.

Reddit user "MBMMaverick" recently posted about how it was odd that the franchise's iconic character Darth Vader was locked behind a paywall in a premium game.

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Subscribers to the gaming service EA Access, who get first dibs on some games during their prerelease trial period, figured out that unlocking playable heroes like Luke Skywalker requires either a 40-hour grind fest or pay-to-play.

Most importantly, Electronic Arts today announced that they are reducing the number of credits needed to unlock top characters in the game by 75 percent. "It's a big change, and it's one we can make quickly". Their rivalry continues as they grow, and we get to see their world change into the game's galaxy. That the likes of Darth Vader are only attainable via excessive amounts of grinding is just as much as a design flaw as a poor frame rate or a shoddy camera.

Of course, this won't be the last that we hear of Battlefront 2's loot boxes.

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"There was the conversation around loot boxes, which is not a Star Wars: Battlefront II-specific conversation but more one that the industry is having with players across the global community", he explained. In it, we provide a comprehensive breakdown of the different currencies, what kind of items and Star Cards are available, and what $90 (or $100, if you don't have the EA/Origin Access discount) puts in your hands.

None of this is enough to sway EA out of forcing players into a tedious grind to unlock their favorite characters, a grind that many commenters feel is created to make players give up and pay real money to get what they want. One Reddit user responded by saying: "Locking iconic characters behind credit walls that will take dozens of hours to get one is just insane, especially when I am willing to bet you have tons of heroes planned which will be behind similar paywalls?"

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