This weekend, Electronic Arts announced Star Wars: Battlefront II and in a move that stunned everyone, it seemed like the game wouldn't have a season pass. In an interview during Star Wars Celebration, Battlefront II creative director Bernd Diemer outright said the game would not offer a season pass for downloadable content.
"We don't have a season pass," Diemer told Mashable. "We decided on that, and it's one of those difficult decisions because it has so many implications all around. When we looked at the way Battlefront had evolved over its lifetime, with the DLC and everything, we decided, 'You know what? For this type of game, season passes are not the best thing. We need to [take it apart] and come up with something better.
"I cannot talk about the specifics of this, but we have something different in mind that will allow you to play longer, be [more] invested in the game without having a fragmented community."
That seemed pretty clear. Battlefront fans across the internet rejoiced like murderous Ewoks after the destruction of all who opposed them. Except that interview was followed up with a statement to Mashable from an EA spokesperson, who walked back Diemer's statements a bit.
"While we're not ready to confirm any live service plans just yet, what we can say is this we heard the feedback from our Battlefront community loud and clear. We know they want more depth, more progression, and more content. So we're focused on delivering that in every dimension of Star Wars Battlefront II. We'll have more to share about our plans soon," said EA.
We know Star Wars: Battlefront will be some sort of paid DLC. There's an Elite Edition that already points towards that and you can bet that while some DLC will be free, EA will find a way to charge you for new maps, heroes, and vehicles. But it seems that EA's messaging is all over the board here and fans are rightly confused about what it all means.
On the bright side, EA DICE associate design director Dennis Brannvall promised dedicated servers for the game on Twitter and EA has yet to walk back that statement.