EA has found itself in the midst of another controversy, this time around Star Wars Battlefront 2's heroes.
As Mike wrote this morning, Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, the Emperor, and Iden Versio all cost 40,000 to 60,000 credits to unlock, which one Redditor calculated will take upwards of 80 hours to unlock.
Because of Battlefront 2's connection to loot boxes, this has led Kotaku among others to incorrectly report that you can purchase the heroes with real money or spend hours grinding for them.
In fact, there's no way to buy your way into Battlefront 2's locked heroes. They are not available in the online store or in loot boxes, and credits cannot be purchased separately. The only way to acquire them is through pure grinding.
Now, this is a separate issue by itself. They are meant to be "prestige characters" in some sense; but with loot boxes costing between 2000 and 4000 credits each, it's tough to save up for them. That's theoretically where real money can come in to save some time. EA has dug themselves quite the hole in that regard.
But as for actually being able to straight up buy Vader and Luke, that's not actually possible. They're meant to be special endgame heroes awarded to those who have put dozens of hours into the multiplayer. Whether that's the right approach is a whole different question.
More thoughts in the review later today. Star Wars Battlefront 2 will be out later this week.