Holy shit. EA just removed the microtransactions from Battlefront 2. Holy. Shit.
Following months of rage from the gaming community that the ability to spam buy loot boxes in Battlefront 2 would lead to a pay-to-win scenario of unfair advantages; following EA removing top tier gear from said loot boxes; and following EA’s defence of the game’s economy becoming the most down voted comment on Reddit ever; they just went and pulled the plug on the ability to buy them entirely. Now the credits required to buy loot boxes in Battlefront 2 can only be obtained through gameplay.
At least, for now, as EA mentions in their statement on the matter that this is only a temporary measure. Here is said statement:
Yes, the microtransactions are gone, but they will be back, and in greater numbers.
What form they will take remains to be seen. Perhaps they’ll just be cosmetics, maybe they’ll come back at lower prices. The issue EA seems to be responding to is that the balance of the game was off, not that microtransactions in full priced games are bullshit.
The cynic in me thinks maybe this is just a launch day stunt to not discourage people who were turned off by the microtransactions to not buy the game. You know, get those sweet launch sales numbers now and then return to normal later. I hope I’m wrong, but we’ll see.
But still, this is a big win for consumers. The backlash worked, it provoked a response. We didn’t take it without a fight. Hopefully this is the start of better, less microtransaction-ey things to come.