It’s not everyday that your post on Reddit becomes the most downvoted comment in the history of the site, but somehow EA’s response to the cost of unlocking Heroes in Battlefront II amassed over 381,000+ downvotes in a span of less than 24 hours. Crazy, right? This was all the result of gamers discovery that it would take 60,000 in-game credits to unlock such Legends as Darth Vader or Luke Skywalker.
To further break it down, it would take almost 40 hours to gain these fan-favorite characters. The galaxy of Star Wars fans was furious. For the second time since the beta early last month, EA and DICE have drastically changed their stance on how the game will work. How so? By reducing the cost of unlocking heroes by 75%. Wow.
Here’s an except from the Official statement from EA:
Making games great comes from regular tuning. As one example, today we’re making a substantial change based on what we’ve seen during the Play First trial. 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. 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.
It’s a big change, and it’s one we can make quickly. It will be live today, with an update that is getting loaded into the game.
For those of you who canceled your pre-order, is this enough to bring you back into the fold? Or has the damage been done??
My copy should arrive by the time I get home tomorrow, so I’m definitely ready to wreck havoc on the Rebellion/ Resistance!
You can read the full statement here.