Star Wars Battlefront 2 developer EA backtracks on DLC prices
Star Wars Battlefront 2's DLC controversy continues to rumble on, as EA makes a big change to in-game prices.
With the Star Wars Battlefront 2 release date just a few days away, fans were outraged to discover the true cost of unlocking hero characters like Darth Vader.
Star Wars Battlefront 2 won't have a season pass, but players will need to spend in-game credits to unlock new characters.
Star Wars Battlefront 2 characters were originally meant to cost 60,000 in-game credits, which would have taken an estimated 40 hours of playtime to earn.
EA responded to the controversy on Reddit, telling fans that it wanted to provide players with a sense of accomplishment.
It was one of the most downvoted comments of all time, while one EA game developer even claims to have received death threats (via CNBC).
EA and developer DICE have since reviewed the pricing and made changes ahead of launch.
The cost to unlock hero characters has been reduced by 75%, meaning that the likes of Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader will now only cost 15,000 in-game credits.
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"There’s been a lot of discussion around the amount of in-game credits (and time) it takes to unlock some of our heroes, especially Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader," reads a new blog post.
"Unlocking a hero is a great accomplishment in the game, something we want players to have fun earning. We used data from the beta to help set those levels, but it’s clear that more changes were needed.
"So, we’re reducing the amount of credits needed to unlock the top heroes by 75%.
"Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader will now be available for 15,000 credits; Emperor Palpatine, Chewbacca, and Leia Organa for 10,000 credits; and Iden at 5,000 credits.
"Based on what we’ve seen in the trial, this amount will make earning these heroes an achievement, but one that will be accessible for all players."
Star Wars Battlefront 2 is out now on EA Access ahead of its full November 17 release date.
EA Access subscribers on Xbox One and PC can play ten hours of the game ahead of launch. This includes online multiplayer and three campaign missions.
It was also revealed that from December 13, fans will be able to play as Finn and Captain Phasma by unlocking them with credits.
That's on top of new chapters in the story mode, as you join Commander Iden Versio during the days of the First Order’s rise to power.