Dev Received Death Threats Over Star Wars Battlefront 2 Loot Boxes Controversy
Star Wars Battlefront 2 developers and publisher are under fire right now over the recent loot boxes controversy. However, the situation escalated pretty quickly to death threats. Developer Sean who worked with EA pointed out several mistakes in the fact sheet published on Reddit; the same fact sheet that uncovered the number of hours it would take to unlock heroes.
He stated that many factors haven’t been taken into account. But instead of hearing out what he had to say, disgruntled fans started giving death threats to the poor guy.
So I’m up to 7 death threats, and over 1600 individual personal attacks now (and yes, for legal reasons I’m keeping track). And why, you might ask? Because of an unpopular feature in a game.
What’s interesting is that Sean never worked on Star Wars Battlefront 2. While it was unwise for him to comment on a controversial matter since he hasn’t worked on the game and doesn’t exactly know what behind the scenes factors play a role in shady Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot boxes system, there is no excuse for giving someone threat over a video game.
EA already shot itself in the foot earlier when it tried to defend the loot boxes system, saying that the intent was to boost a sense of accomplishment. The reply became the most downvoted comment in Reddit history.
Players are having a hard time seeing the “sense of accomplishment in this.” EA is using this model for items that come in the game we just paid $60 and $80 for. The prices will be even more egregious when the “Free” DLC comes along.
The good news is that Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot boxes are no longer an issue. EA had to cut down prices by 75% after a community backlash.