Following the Star Wars Battlefront 2 fiasco and the rage shown by the players, EA was forced to make changes to the progression of the game. In the aftermath comes new information where the company is considering that microtransactions should never come back to Battlefront 2.
With Disney stepping in, EA temporarily removed the option to purchase Crystals, the paid currency of the game. EA then tried to tweak the progression systems and rewarding. In the days that followed and when more players joined the protest, updates were made.
The latest of which is the increase in credit rewards and crafting points earned after every match and the increased credit caps a player is able to earn in the Arcade Mode. A step in the right direction but too little too late for many.
It seems that the changes will keep on coming as EA CFO Blake Jorgensen stated during the 37th NASDAQ Investor Conference this week. The statements seem odd from EA as the company is determined to move to games as services model. However, Disney could be force chocking EA’s Star Wars license in the background which could explain EA taking steps back from predatory practices.
Clearly, we are very focused on listening to the consumer and understanding what the consumer wants and that’s evolving constantly
But we’re working on improving the progression system. We turned the MTX off as an opportunity to work on the progression system inside the game. We’re continuing to do that. I think there’s an update this week and again next week.
Jorgensen seemed unsure of whether microtransactions will make a return or not. He said that even if microtransactions are reintroduced into the game, they “could be” implemented differently.
Overtime, we’ll address how we will want to bring the MTX either into the game or not and what form we will decide to bring it into.
The realization it seems has finally set into the EA think tank. Jorgensen was quick to understand that bringing back microtransactions when the gaming community is this furious with EA would lead to further bad press.