The most used word in the gaming industry has to be ‘Microtransactions’. Followed closely by ‘Loot boxes’. Gamers have finally had enough and EA have gotten a serious wake-up call for milking a beloved franchise like Star Wars a little too much.
Star Wars Battlefront 2 has been a deserving target of criticisms for being a full priced game that is not only pay2win. But also throws chance into the mix. So much so that it’s considered ‘gambling’ in Belgium. While I don’t agree with that statement, I am very happy to see Loot boxes receive the trash can treatment that it wholeheartedly deserves! But why didn’t EA go the Overwatch or Titanfall 2 route? Why not have microtransactions be a part of the game but only for cosmetic items?
The reason they gave, a flimsy one at that – “We didn’t want to violate canon”.
The Concern about the Star Wars Canon
EA’s Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen was speaking at the Credit Suisse Annual Technology, Media and Telecom Conference when he declared that the reason they didn’t do what Titanfall 2 and Overwatch were doing was simply down to the fact that they didn’t want to violate the Star Wars Canon. He went on to say that handling an IP as beloved as Star Wars, it wasn’t possible to introduce cosmetic items that change the appearance of legendary characters like having a “Pink Darth Vader”.
The Problem With The Concern
There’s only one issue with that statement. Star Wars Battlefront 2 breaks all sorts of canons left and right. Want Darth Maul and Rey in the same battle? You got it! Want Kylo Ren and Darth Vader facing off each other? Feel free to do just that! How are their precious canons safe here yet not so when it comes to doing something that wouldn’t require their customers to spend even more money?
The real reason?
The answer is simple. EA wants you to spend your money, so much so that they want it to be a requirement if you want to have a chance. They want to make it a requirement just short of stopping you at the loading screen and asking you to swipe your card. And it’s just disgusting.
My suggestion? Don’t buy Star Wars, wait for it to go into the vault on Origin Access, download it, play the campaign and delete it. That is if you even want to play that game at this point. Even as a Star Wars fan, you’d be forgiven if you chose not to bother with a game that is more about greed than gameplay.