and it's well deserved as well.
So for those who are unaware of the massive s*** storm that has been brewing over on the Star Wars: Battlefront 2 Sub Reddit this weekend, here is a tl;dr version.
Players have noticed the absolutely disgusting progression system that EA put in place for Star Wars Battlefront 2. In order to unlock a single hero in the game, even Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, you know, pretty much the faces of the franchise, you need 60,000 in game credits to unlock them. Sounds easy right? Pffft, of course not. Reddit user "TheHotterPotato" did the math and figured out that the credits you earn per match is so pitiful that it would take a minimum of 40 hours of playtime to earn enough credits to purchase ONE single hero. That's right. No unlocking loot boxes. No buying anything. You need to save it all for a single hero. Of course if you don't want to grind you can buy them with real money.
Well EA decided to respond to all the controversy, and it all went downhill from there. EA's response felt like nothing more than typical copy and paste, PR nonsense where they stated that they think players will have a "sense of pride and accomplishment for unlocking different heroes". Seriously? Well EA was serious and so was the subreddit as the comment is now the most downvoted comment in Reddit history with over 60,000 downvotes and counting. The record was previously held by a guy that literally asked to be downvoted and got his wish with 24,333 downvotes.
Look, I understand companies need to make money, that's perfectly understandable, and I am even fine with loot box and unlock systems, but you need to make the systems fair and reasonable. I don't mind grinding, but when the progression system is so annoying it's basically forcing you to buy stuff to get what you want, that is not okay whatsoever.
The sad thing about all of this is that Battlefront 2 looks like a fantastic game and the community seems to agree, so this kind of ridiculous system isn't necessary. It's looking like the game was going to perform well regardless and if they had a system in place that was fair and balanced, people probably would of had no problem spending money for loot boxes or cosmetic DLC.
No word yet on if any changes will be made to the progression system except for the usual "we are looking into it" from EA.
So congratulations EA, you can now have a sense of pride and accomplishment for having the most downvoted post in Reddit history.