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    Star Wars Battlefront II: all micro-transactions ditched for now

    EA / DICE apologises, it will spend more time listening and adjusting the game.
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    Re: Star Wars Battlefront II: all micro-transactions ditched for now

    Credit to the gaming community for speaking out and not taking it lying down, and credit to EA/DICE for listening (at their peril not to). Hopefully other developers will take note.

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    Re: Star Wars Battlefront II: all micro-transactions ditched for now

    Quote Originally Posted by 3s-gtech View Post
    Credit to the gaming community for speaking out and not taking it lying down, and credit to EA/DICE for listening (at their peril not to). Hopefully other developers will take note.
    I'll hold judgement on giving DICE/EA credit until I see what their solution is. It might just be to buy time till it blows over, make tiny tweaks and reapply once everyone's bought the game and the press have moved on. I'm more interested in how various governments decide to view the loot crate idea (and it's far from just EA that are doing it,) and whether they bring it under gambling legislation.

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    Re: Star Wars Battlefront II: all micro-transactions ditched for now

    To little to late if you ask me, EA have made their intentions clear and no amount of backpedaling or apologises are going to convince me that their not going to return to a pay to win model, first it was Dungeon Keeper then it was Star Wars Battlefront II.

    EA will IMO keep pushing the pay to win model of gaming until customers begrudging roll over.

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    Re: Star Wars Battlefront II: all micro-transactions ditched for now

    The ability to purchase will be available later on?

    This is just a smoke screen, a publicity stunt. Where money is concerned, EA will find a way to make you pay, they'll never change.

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    Re: Star Wars Battlefront II: all micro-transactions ditched for now

    Quote Originally Posted by ksdp37 View Post
    The ability to purchase will be available later on?

    This is just a smoke screen, a publicity stunt. Where money is concerned, EA will find a way to make you pay, they'll never change.
    This 100%... I imagine they'll wait for Christmas and add it back in to get people who got it for Christmas to spend to catch up with those who got it at launch. I'm sticking with my EA boycott I've had for years (helped even more by not having the games available outside of Origin).
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    Re: Star Wars Battlefront II: all micro-transactions ditched for now

    Quote Originally Posted by cheesemp View Post
    This 100%... I imagine they'll wait for Christmas and add it back in to get people who got it for Christmas to spend to catch up with those who got it at launch. I'm sticking with my EA boycott I've had for years (helped even more by not having the games available outside of Origin).
    Personally, if they weren't already on my blacklist over Origin/DRM, which is an absolute non-starter for me, they'd be blacklisted over micropayments. As it is, they're double-blacklisted.


    Quote Originally Posted by ksdp37 View Post
    The ability to purchase will be available later on?

    This is just a smoke screen, a publicity stunt. Where money is concerned, EA will find a way to make you pay, they'll never change.
    They won't make me pay. Until (and I'm not holding my breath) they change tactics, they aren't getting one red cent outta me.

    Do they care about my blacklist? Evidently not. But they will if enough people see it that way.

    Trouble is, lots of people will moan and carp, then buy anyway. I agree with you - this is a stunt, IMO. It reminds me of the cynical MS announcement that tgey were bringing back the W8 Start button, only to reinstate the button, but not the functionality and certaiinly not change strategic direction. That was the straw that broke the proverbial camel's back, and broke any trust I had remaining in MS, and so I downloaded my first Linux distro with the serious intention of potentially switching.
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    Re: Star Wars Battlefront II: all micro-transactions ditched for now

    Rocket League (and PUBG so far) show how micro-transactions should work. Optional unlocks that don't effect the overall gameplay is perfectly acceptable in my eyes, provided the base game has enough content to feel complete.

    I am hopeful this is what they mean about bringing back the crystals in the future, purely for cosmetic items, if they do that then I will actually for once be happy with a decision EA have made.

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    Re: Star Wars Battlefront II: all micro-transactions ditched for now

    Quote Originally Posted by ksdp37 View Post
    The ability to purchase will be available later on?

    This is just a smoke screen, a publicity stunt. Where money is concerned, EA will find a way to make you pay, they'll never change.
    There is no need for them to "make" anyone pay - this really is getting way out of proportion.
    I've got 12 hours into BF2 now, not paid a penny over my pre order, earnt a few unlocks by playing and I am competitive within the game..usually finishing top 3 in most matches.

    You get a daily crate for logging in, and earn credits for playing (MP/SP/Arcade)...yes the initial reaction is that it's not enough, but actually in reality..it is. I've no interest in unlocking the cosmetic heroes like Luke/Vader. There are plenty of issues with how credits are awarded etc, but really isn't not as bad a reddit makes out.

    I am not defending EAs awful business practices or the way they have approach this - but more that the core game itself is still fun, I personally have not felt the need to "pay to win" at any point.

    Everyone else can sit and moan, but i'll sit there this weekend and just have fun Its much less stressful.

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    Re: Star Wars Battlefront II: all micro-transactions ditched for now

    Absolute tosh.
    Aside from the whole Loot Crate insanity, the lack of content in terms of decent base game playability, the whole online side, the supposedly awful single player story and the general implementation... what killed this for me was how it's not even about Star Wars - It's full of film quotes, all being made by the wrong characters.

    Do they even know what they're making a game about, here? Have they seen the films?
    Nope, no-one cares, so long as you cough up the cash for it. It's right up there with the Star Wars shavers from Phillips.

    I played a very early access of this, Alpha I think, and just got bored. It was pretty, but played like gack and there was nothing to do. I left it and subsequent playtests to my more Jedi-geeky friends, who have continued to slate it ever since and are refunding their pre-orders.

    If you enjoy the game then you're welcome to pay as much for it as you are able. I hope you don't, though, as it will just reinforce that mentality for other business models on games I might actually want to play.

    If I say any more than that I'll either be given a little *ding-ding* bell, or be booted off the forum!!

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    Re: Star Wars Battlefront II: all micro-transactions ditched for now

    Don't buy it even if they did turn it off.. once enough have been sucked in they will just turn it back on in a sneaky manner the classical EA way.

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    Re: Star Wars Battlefront II: all micro-transactions ditched for now

    Back when they released £20/£25 DLC expansions for BF4, which prevented me from playing on any of the servers unless I purchased said "expansions" (basically just a couple of maps), I learned a valuable lesson, kids. NEVER, EVER BUY EA TITLES. EVER. EVVEERRRR! -_-

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    Re: Star Wars Battlefront II: all micro-transactions ditched for now

    Quote Originally Posted by LeetyMcLeet View Post
    Back when they released £20/£25 DLC expansions for BF4, which prevented me from playing on any of the servers unless I purchased said "expansions" (basically just a couple of maps), I learned a valuable lesson, kids. NEVER, EVER BUY EA TITLES. EVER. EVVEERRRR! -_-
    Was happening since BF3 days. What shocked me was that I was "supposed" to buy DLC when dlc was not even running on a server, and the reason was that at some point server "might" change to DLC map.

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    Re: Star Wars Battlefront II: all micro-transactions ditched for now

    Quote Originally Posted by spacein_vader View Post
    I'll hold judgement on giving DICE/EA credit until I see what their solution is. It might just be to buy time till it blows over, make tiny tweaks and reapply once everyone's bought the game and the press have moved on. I'm more interested in how various governments decide to view the loot crate idea (and it's far from just EA that are doing it,) and whether they bring it under gambling legislation.
    Yeah this is what I'm expecting. I have zero faith in EA.

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