Star Wars Battlefront 2 Might Not Bring Back Microtransactions at All

Star Wars Battlefront 2 Might Not Bring Back Microtransactions at All

EA's CFO has an update about Battlefront 2's microtransactions.

The microtransaction controversy surrounding EA's Star Wars Battlefront 2 might have killed microtransactions in the game for good. According to a new report, EA's chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen told a group of investors that the company is considering pulling the plug on microtransactions completely for Battlefront 2.

"Over time we'll address how we will want to bring the [microtransactions] either into the game or not and what form we will decide to bring it into," said Jorgensen at a NASDAQ investor conference. Glixel first reported the changed tone in Jorgensen's response to questions about microtransactions, but stated that Jorgensen didn't elaborate on his quote.

Based on his words, it does sound like keeping microtransactions out of Battlefront 2 completely is an option on the table. On the otherhand, EA could also just as well bring back paid content that are purely cosmetic as well.

The fallout from EA's decision to put microtransactions (MTX) in Star Wars Battlefront 2 has been tremendous. While other games like Overwatch also use MTX, they mostly rely on cosmetic items which don't impact competitive play. Battlefront 2 however, offered items that could directly impact the strength of a player's character, which could then be determined by how much a person is willing to spend. This pay-to-win mechanic was rightly criticized by players before snowballing to cover all aspects of Battlefront 2's MTX system.

Legislators in Europe and Hawaii have called for investigations into these systems, with some classifying loot boxes as a form of gambling, and even calling for legal bans.

EA has been trying to rectify the situation, first by removing MTX, and then by adding changes to progression and loot rewards. While EA said the removal of MTX was temporary, the new quote suggests that maybe the damage dealt to Battlefront 2 is fatal.

In the meantime, you can experience a new season of The Last Jedi content when it arrives on Battlefront 2 on December 13.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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