It seems that EA is attempting to make amends with the Star Wars Battlefront 2 fanbase by offering players an apology loot crate for the recent troubles with challenges and milestones.
An image of a loot crate named “Fixes Deployed” has surfaced on Reddit with many Star Wars Battlefront 2 players noting the appearance of the crate within the in-game store, A statement, reading “Sincerest apologies. Here are some credits for the inconvenience” is provided within the description of the crate, with the contents seemingly gifting players 4,000 in-game credits and four randomized Star Cards.
EA stirred up some controversy last year after many saw the Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot crate system as extremely predatory. It was suggested that the system aimed at making players spend extra money on the title in order to maintain a competitive advantage. The controversy surrounding the title ultimately later led to several governing bodies around the world investigating the notion of such systems being similar to that of gambling.
In response to the controversy, EA elected to temporarily remove the microtransaction system from Star Wars Battlefront 2, however, it was recently announced that microtransactions would be reintroduced to the game within the coming months. Whether this system will be altered to be less aggressive remains to be seen.
As previously noted, EA has taken several actions in attempting to rectify the damage caused to the Star Wars Battlefront brand after the loot crate controversy last year. Star Wars Battlefront 2 failed to meet Electronic Arts’ conservative sales expectations by only managing to ship nine million units, and the response to microtransactions has likely influenced how the publisher approaches upcoming games.
Although it does not seem that microtransactions within video games are going to disappear anytime soon, it is highly unlikely that EA will implement a microtransaction system similar to that originally seen in Star Wars Battlefront 2 in any game in the future.
Star Wars Battlefront 2 is available now for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.