I’ve officially had it with EA and DICE at this point. Words can not even begin to describe my anger and frustration for how much these two have ruined the Battlefront Franchise, a game series that is childhood classic of mine! I’ve loved the Battlefront series since it’s first installment back in 2004. The stories were awesome, the gameplay was amazing, Galactic Conquest is still one of my favorite game modes of all time, the heroes and villains were badass, and space battles were phenomenal. When I heard DICE and EA had begun working on their own version of the series, my inner child sprung free and my mind began running crazy with the idea of DICE making a next-gen Battlefront game!
Then their first game came out, and it was a sad disappointment. While the game was no where near as good as the original, I did enjoy a couple parts here and there. The graphics were beautiful and some gameplay elements were fun. Then they announced their next title, Battlefront 2, and I lost it. Next-gen Clone Wars, an actual campaign, new heroes to fight as, actual space battles, no season pass, and new game modes. I was completely flipping out I was so excitement. However, it didn’t last long before the red flags began appearing as the game drew closer to it’s launch date.
First warning was when I saw their supply drop system in the Beta. Now we all knew this system was coming. It was the price we had to pay in order for there to be no season pass included. I wasn’t even all that mad. As long as it was a fair system for everyone then no big deal … but it wasn’t. It had soon been found that players can very easily make their classes over powered with Gold Star Cards by simply purchasing a bunch of the supply drops to get them quicker. This was the first of many warnings that soon followed.
Now, all heroes and villains are locked behind 20k-60k Credit Paywalls. They were free to everyone during the Beta, but after recent changes, they’ve now been locked off at release … and people are PISSED. That’s not all. They have also added this new currency known as Crystals, a currency only for supply drops that can only be earned by paying real money for them. The prices of these range from $4.99 (for 500 Crystals) to $99.99 (for 12,000 Crystals). This recently spawned a major outcry from fans and critics of the game and has caused EA to make a “response” that reads:
“The intent is to provide players with a sense of pride and accomplishment for unlocking different heroes.
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 basis, 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.”
This post has recently gone down as one of the most down-voted Reddit posts in history with -390k votes (and counting). Just to let you guys know, the second most down-voted Reddit post only has -24k votes. As of right now, no further responses have been seen or heard from EA or DICE about this.
If you ask me though, I’m almost positive DICE has had nothing to do with these recent changes announced by EA. In fact, I think EA is forcing these new, redundant changes onto DICE’s game simply because their greed has no bounds. They a company run by greed and control. They have become a parasite on the Gaming Industry, feeding off the success of amazing game developers before killing their host, and if this game fails at launch due to these recent events, DICE will become EA’s next victim. They will be the next company destroyed by EA in their long hit list of game developers. It’s incredibly sad to think, but we all know it will happen. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but that dreaded day will come soon. When it does, BioWare will be the last man standing.
As for me, I’m officially done with EA and everything they stand for. From this day onward, I will not purchase any future game released by EA. No matter who the developer is. I don’t care anymore. They are company built on lies and greed, and I will not support that shit. Gamers deserve better, and EA is not the way to go. Fuck Electronic Arts and everything they stand for. Goodbye.