The highly anticipated Star Wars Battlefront 2 release is threatening to be derailed by ongoing controversy surrounding the game’s progression system.
Gamers kicked up a fuss over the weekend after it emerged, via early copies, that it could take up to 40 hours to unlock Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader in the science-fiction shooter.
Unsurprisingly, players flocked to Reddit to share their frustrations, with a thread titled ‘Seriously? I paid $80 to have Vader locked?’ attracting a huge amount of attention.
Star Wars Battlefront 2’s publisher, Electronic Arts, responded to the thread in an attempt to explain the reasoning behind the heavy grinding players must ensure in the title.
However, to say that gamers were less than impressed with the company’s response is a gross understatement, with the reply garnering one of the biggest number of downvotes in Reddit history.
"The intent is to provide players with a sense of pride and accomplishment for unlocking different heroes,” said EA.
"As for cost, we selected initial values based upon data from the open beta and other adjustments made to milestone rewards before launch. Among other things, we’re looking at average per-player credit earn rates on a daily bases, and we’ll be making constant adjustments to ensure that players have challenges that are compelling, rewarding and of course attainable via gameplay.
"We appreciate the candid feedback, and the passion the community has put forth around the current topics here on reddit, our forums and across numerous social media outlets.
"Our team will continue to make changes and monitor community feedback and update everyone as soon and as often as we can."
If things weren’t bad enough already, the situation was further exacerbated thanks to a Tweet by Mat Everett, EA’s community boss, who wrote, “The armchair developers on this Internet.”
He later deleted the Tweet, and attempted to defend his comments with the following post:
“I removed those tweets as hordes of angry gamers being told I was speaking about them were upset. I get that, but someone misinterpreted my tweet, I again apologize for that, but it was not my intent. Trust me I am at bat for this community and game/franchise I love.”
Unfortunately, the damage was already done, with the message and accompanying responses archived.
"What a BS response to the community," said one fan. "’Gamers first’, eh? We want DLC that makes sense. We want progressions [sic] systems that make sense. We DO NOT want a $60 game with a F2P model. You need feedback/constructive criticism.”