If you’ve been following the development of Star Wars Battlefront 2, I’m sure you already know about the controversy surrounding EA’s implementation of microtransaction-based loot boxes. What you might not know is that EA officially has the most downvoted comment in Reddit history, and it’s entirely thanks to Battlefront 2. Kudos, EA, another milestone no doubt.
I know it says 0 points, but right now it’s actually sitting at -500K. Yeah, over 500,000 people downvoted that reply from EA regarding Vader being locked behind a paywall. As I said before, it’s now the most downvoted comment in Reddit history. By the time I’ve published this article, I bet the downvote count will have gone up by another 10,000 or more.
Prior to EA’s recent blunder, the most downvoted comment on Reddit had received just shy of 25000 downvotes. Why? The OP asked for them. The old 2nd place received 19292 downvotes. So, it’s safe to say that EA has really set the bar high for this one. That said, with how fast the downvotes are coming in, it’s safe to assume there are likely bots at work here as well. But, who knows for sure? I don’t.
I’m not one to speculate a lot or bash companies, but EA really messed up this time. Not only will this more than likely impact future game sales, but it’s going to push lots of gamers towards simply refunding/not buying Battlefront 2. Personally, I really want to play the campaign so I’m going to do that anyway, but there’s pretty much no chance that I’ll be playing much multiplayer. This is somewhat disheartening because I really enjoyed the gameplay from the open beta. It felt way better than the 2015 Battlefront, the firefights were exciting, and piloting starfighters was tons of fun. It’s almost sad to see it all go down the drain.
Originally, I had high hopes for the changes that were made to the loot box system, but it turns out those high hopes were most definitely misplaced. Not only did it somehow become more P2W than before, but it would seem that the grinding also increased exponentially more than I would have imagined possible.
Amidst so much controversy surrounding loot boxes and microtransactions, it’s hard to see why a big company like EA would willingly mar their reputation by going full microtransaction. Everybody knows you never go full microtransaction.
[Update 11/13/2017] In response to the overwhelming criticism, John Wasilczyk (an Executive Producer at DICE) released a statement saying “we’re reducing the amount of credits needed to unlock the top heroes by 75%.” The release goes on to state that the change “will be live today”.