Star Wars Battlefront II is out this Friday (or indeed tomorrow if you’ve preordered the Elite Trooper Deluxe Edition) and yet already it’s causing quite a stir.

Aside from fans being angry at the inclusion of loot boxes that supposedly make the game pay-to-win rather than a display of skill, what’s really riled them up is the revelation that press have previously been given access to a version of the game in which heroes were much easier to unlock.

Now, I’ve not played Star Wars Battlefront II myself yet. It’s sitting on my hard drive waiting for me to dive into it but I just haven’t had the time. Who knows, maybe its loot boxes are exploitative. Maybe it is a long and arduous grind to unlock heroes, but there’s one thing I do know: sending death threats to developers or anyone else involved in its production and marketing is totally not acceptable. In fact, it makes you an asshole. If you’re the type of person that sends such death threats, you should really go away and re-evaluate your life.

I’m not aware of any “special review copies” that have been sent to reviewers with lowered unlock requirements to boost their scores, but if that’s the case it’s down to reviewers to be ethical and take that into account when writing up their reviews. Chances are that members of the press have simply visited a preview event, in which requirements to unlock heroes etc. were lowered so that they could actually access them withing the few hours they probably had with the game. If you have a problem with that then fine, that’s your choice, but sending death threats is not the answer.

Instead of taking to forums or social media networks to act like a dick, simply don’t buy the game. No-one is forcing you to go out and buy it. You don’t have to play it. Just accept that the game isn’t for you and find something else to spend your time and money on. Perhaps even send EA a polite and well constructed email and/or tweet to let them know you’re not buying it and why. One of two things will happen: either enough people won’t buy the game that it’ll bomb, forcing EA to listen to feedback to get players on board, or it’ll still sell well because lots of gamers simply enjoy playing it for what it is. In the latter case, you’ll just have to accept that Star Wars Battlefront II really wasn’t made for you and move on.

As gamers, we really have become an entitled bunch. We want larger worlds, more detailed graphics, a continuous stream of content, but at the same time we want it all for the same price we paid 10-20 years ago. Something’s got to give, and while microtransactions and loot boxes are indeed shitty, you don’t have to buy them. I’ve never bought any, never felt like I’ve needed to, and yet I’ve still wholeheartedly enjoyed most games that feature them. In any case, no single person at EA, or any other company for that matter, is responsible for them being in any particular game, so don’t send them death threats. Keeping your cash in your wallet and simply walking away is the best thing you can do, while also keeping a shred of decency.

  • Playstation Novus

    And we all know who the culprits the Sony fanboys are good at giving death treats to people for gaming anything other then a PS4 this is something disturbing on their part
    they are a dog shit community

    • Lord God King

      Don’t forget petitions, they’re really good at that too.

      • Richieeeee

        I think you’re confusing the Sony boys with the PC bros.

  • John

    “if-youre-sending-death-threats-to-a-game-dev-you-should-probably-re-evaluate-your-life”

    if your shilling for a jewish company forcing jewish practices you should evaluate YOUR life

    • yardie

      if you’re trying to make excuses for people making death threats you need to reevaluate your life.

      • John

        if your making excuses for kikes you need to reevaluate your life

        • yardie

          You’re a fucking loser

          • John

            theres a reason everyone who isnt brainwashed by jewish media hates the kikes kiddo.

    • AllDayIPlay B

      Wow, another racist keyboard warrior who is not only upset about a company seeking to be profitable in the medium that you love, but also upset about Jews. Hmm… Re-evaluation may not be the key for you. You obviously have way deeper issues going on. Don’t buy the game if you don’t support the “Jewish company”. But I have to ask, why are you so angry that this would be your response?

      • John

        “But I have to ask, why are you so angry that this would be your response?” oh i dont know, jews ruining europe and america. jewish marxist propaganda not only in movies/tv/comics/radio but now my video games perhaps. go support literal devil worshipping pedophiles and support them though, thats cool soyboy.

        • AllDayIPlay B

          😂 Soyboy? Can’t say I’ve heard that one. Have you written your local representatives? Or do you think they’re compromised? Also I enjoy supporting my family, playing games without paying for additional content unless I deem it to be off absolute interest (which is extremely rare), and not stressing about things that I cannot control, choosing instead to be content in the life that the good Lord has afforded me to have. Are you going to stop playing video games? Or will you be a devil worshiper as well?

          • John

            “Are you going to stop playing video games?”
            i only play good games not sjw propoganda.

            “not stressing about things that I cannot control”
            brainless cattle you are, yet you ask if i write my local representatives? lol.

          • AllDayIPlay B

            Ah I see, you’re an “awoken” individual and everyone else is sheep and blind and doesn’t know what’s really going on in the world except you. I’ll continue to eat my grass since I’m nothing but brainless cattle playing sjw propaganda. So are you in a militia or something? Ready to bear arms with a stashed bug out bag at any moments notice? Also what games do you play?

          • John

            “you’re an “awoken” individual”
            ” are you in a militia or something? Ready to bear arms with a stashed bug out bag at any moments notice”
            “everyone else is sheep and blind and doesn’t know what’s really going on in the world except you”

            im none of this. also this conversation bores me shill. if your white i feel sorry for you as you think there is nothing wrong with your european heritage and people facing genocide. if your a non-white i hope you can one day see your nothing but a pawn to jewish influence.

          • AllDayIPlay B

            😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 I feel sorry for you. Good day sir.

          • Novacell

            It’s sad that you see the Jewish people as a threat! Am sure everyone is proud of their heritage Europeans, Asians Americans etc. Although past sins can’t be contributed to the now, but instead learned from and move on, i think it’s called progress, what happened 100 years ago was in a world that was evolving, learning and changing. As you have some beef with the Jewish population and don’t get me wrong, i have a problem with Israeli Government not all Jewish people as its not ordinary people that makes the rules, it’s people in power.

  • BenjaMan64

    Disagreeing with business practices one finds dishonest or scummy? Okay.
    Sending death threats? Get a life, kids.

  • Richieeeee

    yes because someone that sends death threats will surely take the time to re-evaluate his life or even read this article and meditate on it…..

    • Bilal Prince-Ali

      thats not the point….

  • Novacell

    If gamers stopped buying loot boxes then companies would stop putting them in the games. As such, gamers have made loot boxes a successful money maker for game companies. Something has to give, either the games get more expensive for the consumer or loot boxes are here to stay. We aren’t forced to buy loot boxes and you can still enjoy the game without buying loot boxes.

    • AllDayIPlay B

      So true my friend

  • AllDayIPlay B

    You’re so right. Do I enjoy the loot box philosophy? Honestly I don’t care because I won’t take part in it. I understand that we’ve been paying $60 for years now and it’s telling that it’s not even the sweet spot since many folks choose to wait for price drops and what not. The development costs have been soaring they have to do something to keep the base price where it is, $70+ is going to be a hard sell. I don’t understand how people can think that an optional situation is worse than prices going up, because that’s what will happen

    • Bilal Prince-Ali

      its more or less proven that lootboxes arent here because of rising costs of development.. they’re simply here because monetizing games makes money it’s as simple as that.
      The problem with lootboxes is sooo many devs are now turning their games into ultimate grindfests so that you feel more inclined into shelling out for lootboxes instead of having a normal gaming experience…. Games are now designed around lootboxes WHICH IS THE PROBLEM! ESPECIALLYYY how they’re being implemented in battlefront 2 where it more or less renders the game to being pay to win which is NEVER a good thing.

      • AllDayIPlay B

        I’ll say this, I’m not interested in Battlefront 2. Not because of loot boxes but I just find it somewhat shallow of an experience. Just personal opinion. Other games however, AC Origins for example have an element of MT’s, and the quests ramp up in difficulty, forcing you to do side missions. You could pay money but you could progress organically. Which games and developers are creating ultimate grindfests? I know of Forza, and Shadow of War. Who else? And I’m not being facetious, I just want to see what I’m missing. Also monetizing is a form a business are they wrong for wanting more profits? That’s not an excuse for them at all, but a reality in a capitalistic society.

        • Bilal Prince-Ali

          AC Origins isn’t a game designed around it’s MTs/Lootbox system that’s my point… Forza 7 and Shadow of war specifically are two big and high profile examples of this just like Battlefront 2 is… If you go back to (Another EA game) Dead Space 3 and see how they handled their MTs you can LITERALLY see the difference between when a game is created with MTs included and when a game is designed with MTs as part of the core experience… Once again i have nothing against MTs i do have something against lootboxes as i think the gambling aspect is annoying i’d rather just buy the weapon/skin/whatever of my choosing then them giving me false hope on getting it WHICH IS HOW IT USED TO BE… If you dont see how lootboxes are manipulative then i guess that’s just on you man. And i 100% agree with you on the wanting profits part i once again have no problem with that at all.. i just have a problem when it affects gameplay.

          • AllDayIPlay B

            I’d have to say that the games I’m playing aren’t infringing upon my experience at the moment. Then again I didn’t pick up Forza or Shadow of War. As for the dialogue between the 2 of us, I appreciate the conversation and would enjoy the conversation further. Hit me up on Twitter (@alldayiplay) and maybe we can put up our dialogue on my YouTube page.

          • Bilal Prince-Ali

            yeah bro no problem man… it’s always fun to have discussions everyone always assumes you’ve got to name call or be disrespectful to someone or even belittle someones opinion to try to ‘win’ when its not even about winning it’s just people passing off their opinions on subjective and objective shizz… Yeah man no doubt ill hit your up on Twitter some time and see whats up man… take it easy.

        • Novacell

          People need to understand first and foremost it’s a business and businesses are in the market to be profitable, who are also answerable to shareholders and investors who want the company to make as much money as possible. I don’t see anything wrong with that, because lets face it, a company that isn’t profitable won’t last long and with development costs rising year after year you can understand that companies will look for alternative avenues for making money, hence loot boxes season passes which have become profitable and successful for game companies. Regardless if we like them are not, gamers have made them a success. Personally i have never bought a loot box in any game that i have purchased and never will. i do however purchase season passes as i feel as a consumer it brings longevity to the game i have purchased. i also feel that loot boxes shouldn’t offer an advantage for people who buy them as opposed to people that don’t buy them. Pay to win isn’t good for the consumer, nor the game and in the end the company that implements that feature. Gaming should be about fair competitiveness, enjoyment and personal achievement through playing the game with out the need to pay to win. Also can i point out, that You-tubers have a massive hold on their audience when they open 50 loot crates! (i couldn’t tell you how much in real money 50 loot crates would cost.) Who are often endorsed by companies who offer them freebies to promote their game. What these you-tubers don’t understand is they are making loot boxes very appealing in their videos to their audience and in turn it’s a form of gambling being imposed on the young, impressionable and vulnerable not everyone is . earning a you-tuber wage

  • datdude

    I haven’t bought an EA game since 2010. I haven’t missed a thing. I vote with my wallet. I give my dollars to devs and publishers who are interested in creating imaginative and exciting single player games first and foremost, as that is what I personally enjoy, but devs/pubs who try to squeeze every last nickel and dime out of the experience don’t create the type of games I’m interested in.

    I passed on many multiplayer focused titles for that very reason….and while it’s true single player is my first love by far, it’s likely if the devs/publishers of some multiplayer only or multiplayer focused games weren’t so predatory in their attacks on gamers wallets, I could enjoy some of those too. But as it stands, those type of games are a pass for me.

    • Novacell

      Recently i bought Need for Speed Payback thinking it was going to be a great game! How disappointing this game has turned out to be. the grind you have to do is utterly unacceptable, i don’t have xxxxx amount of hours to invest in all the games i purchase, except for a few, Horizon Zero Dawn, Final Fantasy XV and recent one Assassin’s Creed Origins and i certainly won’t spend any more money on Payback just to progress quicker. If more gamers stopped paying for loot boxes then publishers will see them as a waste of money and resources. But, and it’s a big but, until that day arrives loot boxes are here to stay and even if a publisher charged $80 for a game loot boxes would still be included, as it’s a money making scheme based on people wanting to show off that epic new gun or the epic new uniform or in COD WW2 it’s the heroic gun or uniform. Which seems to suit the younger generation of gamers that loot boxes are aimed at. Or i could be completely wrong. But the more voices that say enough is enough and stops buying the loot boxes publishers will eventually have to rethink their strategy. As for pay to win, well that’s a whole different ball game. As it takes away the competitiveness of a game, learning from mistakes and achieving something.

  • GrimmyReaper

    Send as many complaints as you wish. It’s all fair.
    Send death threats and you are a disease on the community.
    Leave now.