The controversy over the dubious microtransaction system of Star Wars Battlefront 2 has undoubtedly been the undisputed protagonists of the last months of 2017, having been dragged along after the launch, despite EA’s sudden change of course.
In those days, the managers of Electronic Arts and DICE were busy responding to the countless angry users for the system of unblocking the characters that had been drafted, in an attempt to placate their spirits and try to justify their choices. One of those answers, written by EA’s Community Team on Reddit, entered history due to the wave of negative votes it received, 683 thousand. You read that right: no message on the known platform has ever generated so much hatred, and now it has received the prize (?) It deserves, a nice Guinness World Record! In the 2020 edition of the well-known celebratory book it is possible to read: “An official post from video game publisher Electronic Arts, in response to fan complaints about the need to unlock characters like Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker in Star Wars Battlefront II (2017) via loot box, received 683,000 negative votes.“
The post in question can be found at this address. It was published on 12 November 2017 in response to a user asking, “Really? Did I pay 80 dollars to find myself Darth Vader blocked?”, and began this way: “Our intent is to provide players with a sense of pride and fulfillment for the release of the different heroes” , words that almost no one liked. It will be really hard to beat this record: Reddit’s second less popular post has “only” 89,000 negative votes.
Since then, in any case, Star Wars Battlefront 2 has come a long way. EA and DICE have completely rewritten the progression system and have continued to publish free content continuously. An update dedicated to Rise of the Skywalker will arrive in December.