Star Wars: Battlefront II has found itself yet again in another controversy surrounding the prior pay-to-win concerns, a week before its official release.
Electronic Arts (EA) previously quelled concerns by promising that the highly anticipated sequel would feature free post-release content for the community. It has come to light that the publisher might not have been entirely truthful on that end.
According to a new leak on Reddit earlier today, all of the upcoming free content and add-on packs will require Credits (in-game currency) for access. More worrying is the claim that they will be far more expensive than the current base prices. Upcoming heroes, weapons, and vehicles will require more Credits than what the community is dealing with currently.
“All the free dlc will need to be bought with credits,” the post reads. “That means new heroes, weapons and yes possibly even vehicles will need to be bought before playing with them. The prices are currently even higher than the base game prices so believe me when I say it will only get worse from here unless the pushback is big enough.”
The new details arrive from the same individual who has been pretty accurate in leaking information about Star Wars: Battlefront II in the past. It is why the community is up in arms regarding the business model of the game and the publisher locking content behind a pay-wall.
“Just to make some more points clear, the current credit prices for things such as heroes or loot boxes is how it will be for launch,” the post further adds. “They didn’t jack up the prices for people who had EA Access those are literally the current prices for everything in the game.”
Microtransactions have often been defended for being optional cosmetic upgrades that do not affect gameplay. In the case of Star Wars: Battlefront II, the players are literally being asked to invest a significant amount of time to earn enough currency in order to access core content. You can choose to take advantage of that by paying more on top of the retail cost of the game in order to play with upcoming characters that others may possibly not have access to.
Star Wars: Battlefront II is scheduled to release on November 17 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.