After the extremely negative feedback about the loot box and activation system in Star Wars: Battlefront 2, we reported about it yesterday, the developers at Electronic Arts have since rowed back. So the costs to unlock heroes (approx. 40 hours of game time so far) are reduced 75% reduced.
The immense excitement and the negative reports on pretty much every game news site have giant even the developer Electronic Arts moved to rethink. The response from Star Wars: Battlefront 2 customer service on Reddit, has now collected almost 470,000 downvotes in just 24 hours.
Star Wars: Battlefront 2 developers respond to the Shitstorm
As John Wasilczyk, Executive Producer at Dice, will listen to the feedback of the fans and initially reduce the prices for heroes like Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker:
"So, we're reducing the amount of credits needed to unlock the top heroes by 75%. Luke Skywalker other Darth Vader will now be available for 15,000 credits; Emperor Palpatine, Chewbacca, other Leia Organa for 10,000 credits; and Iden at 5,000 credits. Based on what we've seen in the trial, this amount will make earning these heroes an achievement, but one that will be accessible for all players. "
So it should still be a success to unlock these heroes, but no longer require that you Star Wars: Battlefront 2 have to play excessively, or just have to buy loot boxes.
The update should be installed on the live server tomorrow.
Further changes and reactions to the feedback from fans will also open the door:
"We've also been listening to how much you're loving features in the game (Starfighter Assault, 40 player MP battles, Darth Maul lightsaber throws, etc.) as well as what you haven't liked. We know some of our most passionate fans, including those in our subreddit, have voiced their opinions, and we hear you. We're making the changes to the credit levels for unlocking heroes and we're going to keep making changes to improve the game experience over time. We welcome the conversation. "
In the eyes of many fans, this reaction is an important success in the fight against the increasingly rampant Loootboxes & Co. While shops with cosmetic items in FreeToPlay are perfectly acceptable, such methods should be avoided in a full price game.