Not only are gamers outraged over the aggressive microtransactions and loot crates, but it seems that the developers aren't doing much to alleviate concerns. For example, after the recent finding that it took dozens of hours to unlock a hero, the game makers lowered the unlock requirements but also lowered the amount of credits earned.
Today, Star Wars: Battlefront 2's Executive Producer John Wasilczyk, Associate Design Director Dennis Brannvall, and Producer Paul Keslin hosted a Reddit AMA where they answered a lot of questions about the game. The three discussed future plans as well as issues surrounding the microtransactions. Here's a collection of some of the more memorable comments.
When asked about the game's progression system, Executive Producer John Wasilczyk said the following.
It's unclear when the daily limits from Arcade mode will be removed but at least DICE promised to remove them eventually. Hopefully, it won't take too long because right now it's a little unfair. The mode is a great way to grind credits without having to worry about losing in multiplayer matches when pitted against players with better Star Cards.
The developers were also asked about the negative reaction due to the aggressive microtransactions. Wasilczyk commented on that as well by saying the following.
There are easier solution to make it right but there's obviously the issue of balancing turning the most profit with giving players a sense of satisfaction. Hopefully DICE will be able to achieve a better balance soon.
Aside from promising changes, there are cosmetic items coming to the game as well. They'll also be available through microtransactions so keep that in mind. Associate Design Director Dennis Brannvall said the following in regards to that.
Hopefully in the future the microtransactions will be more cosmetic-based than the pay-to-win type they currently are.
While there were numerous other unresolved questions about when players can expect these changes or when we would hear about future updates, Producer Paul Keslin ended by saying that DICE is open to a dialogue with players. This is the first step in repairing their relationship. He added the following.
Hopefully the developers will fix the issues soon as they seem to be well aware of the problems. Instead of having endless discussions and promises, DICE need to push out patches immediately. That will do more to repair their relationship and reputation than anything.
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