The Micro Transaction controversy just gets more convoluted as time goes on, despite a small win for the community I can’t see this ending well.
A win for the community complaining about a game that wasn’t even released yet has resulted in EA temporarily suspending their Micro Transactions, Star Wars Battlefront 2 has launched without its much maligned Crystal System.
Behind closed doors EA CEO Andrew Wilson and Disney CEO Bob Iger has a little chat, which may or may not have resulted in the system being pulled. While Disney have a very hard stance on their brands being damaged, the cross over between Star Wars fans and those who were planning on buying or even being aware of the Micro Transactions is unknown. As LLC Writer and Presenter Gary put it, “You Google Star Wars and instead of a trailer you get news stories about rip off loot boxes” and he has a point.
While I don’t want to believe that EA were swayed by what is probably a loud minority, they might have seen a potentially huge drop in sales of their title. The suspension of the MT’s doesn’t mean they will be gone forever or even impact the industry as a whole but we can hope.
Here is Mr EA’s statement:
“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.”
My personal stance is if there is something in a game you don’t like, just don’t purchase it. Voting with your wallet is much more powerful then screaming about it online but buying the game anyway.