It didn’t take long for DICE to address the rumors swirling tonight about Star Wars Battlefront II’s paid currency being removed from every marketplace. In short, they’ve removed microtransactions from the game until they can address the progression system. At this time, all progression will be earned strictly in game, so you can rest assured that other players who have better Star Cards than you earned them by actually playing.
Here is the full statement from Oskar Gabrielson, the General Mananger at DICE.
Thank you to everyone in our community for being the passionate fans that you are.
Our goal has always been to create the best possible game for all of you – devoted Star Wars fans and game players alike. We’ve also had an ongoing commitment to constantly listen, tune and evolve the experience as it grows. You’ve seen this with both the major adjustments, and polish, we have made over the past several weeks.
But as we approach the worldwide launch, it’s clear that many of you feel there are still challenges in the design. We’ve heard the concerns about potentially giving players unfair advantages. And we’ve heard that this is overshadowing an otherwise great game. This was never our intention. Sorry we didn’t get this right.
We hear you loud and clear, so we’re turning off all in-game purchases. We will now spend more time listening, adjusting, balancing and tuning. This means that the option to purchase crystals in the game is now offline, and all progression will be earned through gameplay. The ability to purchase crystals in-game will become available at a later date, only after we’ve made changes to the game. We’ll share more details as we work through this.
We have created a game that is built on your input, and it will continue to evolve and grow. Star Wars Battlefront II is three times the size of the previous game, bringing to life a brand new Star Wars story, space battles, epic new multiplayer experiences across all three Star Wars eras, with more free content to come. We want you to enjoy it, so please keep your thoughts coming. And we will keep you updated on our progress.
While many will be disappointed to hear that microtransactions will return to Star Wars Battlefront II at some time in the future, the nature of their free content updates requires a revenue stream. As long as they can rework the system so that microtransactions don’t in any way affect progression or give advantages in the game, they will remain entirely optional.
The removal of microtransactions is a very strong statement being made to the players, and backs DICE’s intentions of continuing a dialogue with the players. They’ve stated they want to make a lot of changes to the progression system, including adding cosmetics in a way that will change the game “tremendously.”
We’ll keep you informed on further changes and updates to Star Wars Battlefront II as they are announced.