If you have been around the gaming conversation recently (and possibly even if you have not), you know about the Star Wars: Battlefront 2 loot box fiasco. After people had got their hands on and experienced the loot system, EA suspended microtransactions for loot boxes just prior to the game’s full release thanks to loud complaints by… well, just about everyone.
Now Star Wars handlers Lucasfilm has weighed in, saying that they stand with EA in suspending microtransactions from the game. In a statement to Washington Post (via Eurogamer), a spokesperson for the company said:
Star Wars has always been about the fans—and whether it’s Battlefront or any other Star Wars experience, they come first. That’s why we support EA’s decision to temporarily remove in-game payments to address fan concerns.
This is just me, but that seems like a bit of a backhanded compliment.
There is also word in the post that Jimmy Pitaro, the chairman of Disney’s consumer products and interactive media division, expressed concern to EA about the outrage over the microtransactions and how it “reflected on their marquee property.” Supposedly the call was made just a few hours before the publisher decided to suspend in-game purchases.
While the conversations around loot boxes, microtransactions and gambling certainly aren’t going anywhere, it seems that, at least for now, the hole has been plugged for Star Wars: Battlefront 2. What that means for the success of the game remains to be seen.