You’ve probably seen it already – EA now have the most down-voted comment in Reddit history. At the time of my writing this, the comment stands at 480k down-votes (4k more than when I checked an hour ago).
The backlash has occurred because of the ridiculous, money-hungry nature of the micro-transaction system on the new Star Wars Battlefront title. Players are expected to spend upwards of 40 hours working to unlock classic characters in the franchise (ie Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker) – or alternatively – pull our their credit cards and pay to access them sooner.
From discussion with others, we’ve ascertained that a lot of the frustration comes from paying $80AUD for a game and not being able to access the complete package without putting in huge hours or dropping more money on the title.
There’s been a lot of discussion circulating lately about the balance of micro-transactions, in particularly how their misuse can completely destroy a title – enough so that Star Wars Battlefront is being actively boycotted by members of the Reddit community.
What we want to know is this: How do you feel about the impact of these micro-transactions. Are they game breaking? Will you be picking up Star Wars Battlefront? What solutions do you have for issues like this?
Following the masses of outcries from fans of the series, EA have lowered the purchase cost of some in-game heroes. Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader have been lowered to 15,000 (from 60K), Palpatine, Chewy and Leia Organa will unlcok at 10,000 with others lowering as well.