EA patches Star Wars Battlefront 2 as petition asking Lucasfilm to drop EA reaches 120K sigs

How hard is EA trying to salvage its rep hit from the Star Wars Battlefront 2 drama? It’s hard to judge right now. This week, the game will patch up with tweaks for economy and progression, complete with improved end-of-round payouts (something players complained about bitterly when EA tooted its horn about reducing the cost of heroes while simultaneously reducing payouts and not mentioning that part because EA is sneaky like that). The patch will also generate for players more daily credits from arcade mode and daily login freebies (still crates, though). New characters, including Finn and Phasma, debut as well.

Some gamers, however, are not appeased. There’s at least one petition floating around right now trying to convince Disney subsidiary Lucasfilm to revoke EA’s license to pump out Star Wars games because EA has “proven to [its] consumers that [it] honestly [doesn’t] care about the gameplay experience or content” and instead would “rather rush out a game that will try [to] milk as much money out of consumers as possible.” It’s not the most convincingly crafted petition in the world, but it nevertheless has 120,000 signers so far.

Source: Official site, Change.org. Thanks, Castagere!
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Carebear

signed!

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Cypher

Meh, that petition is like complaining to the lion that the cheetah keeps trying to eat you…

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2Ton Gamer

I just don’t see 100,000 signatures making Disney drop one of the biggest gaming companies ever. It was a debacle and it’s caused some financial turmoil and bad press but to just cut ties, I don’t see it happening.

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amkosh

Oh, I can definitely see Disney dropping EA. I wouldn’t be surprised if 2018 we see SWTOR get cut off by Disney, and pretty much every non mobile title get the axe.

Oh, don’t get it? Disney won’t just drop EA, they’ll drop pretty much ALL publishers and not license to make any game. Disney doesn’t need games, they can make all the revenue they need out of their cash printing machines called Star Wars movies, and Marvel movies.

If EA can’t figure out how to get good monetization (and more importantly, stable growth in it), then Disney’s not going to have much use for them. Disney won’t do it themselves, remember they couldn’t keep their AR toys stuff consistently growing, even after they kicked their competition’s ass. So I doubt you’ll see much in any SW/Marvel game for the foreseeable future. Or at least until someone figures out how to reopen gamer’s pocketbooks.

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John Kiser

I think disney would be in breach of contract then as they have a multi year contractual agreement. Disney might have a harder time reigning in licenses for past games as well because they are already made and done and EA has money enough to fight back and smarter lawyers than gazillion has. While Disney may drop future agreements it is unlikely particularly if EA can reign in controversy, but then again players are blowing the whole thing massively out of proportion to a degree.

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Jeffrey Meade

The biggest problem with the petition is the mistaken belief that Disney didn’t know exactly what EA was doing with Battlefront 2 the whole time it was in development. They are not going to pull the IP from EA when they are also complicit in the stupidity. They only care now because its negative PR that they don’t need with the new movie about to come out.

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OneEyeRed

(Popcorn) for watching the forum grammar police argue about stupid shit.

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Sorenthaz

It’s still bad even with the changes, they’re quite frankly not enough and there’s still indications that they’ll simply be bringing back Crystals to pay for these boxes again in the future.

All they really did was make it slightly more bearable. Also the Arcade mode daily credits isn’t as good as it sounds; you still only get 100 credits per match (sometimes a bit more depending on length I think) but now you can play up to 15 matches and get credits rather than playing 5 matches and getting credits. So it’s good for grinding out the Arcade challenges but not really worth it for actually grinding credits.

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Dug From The Earth

The recent changes EA made to the daily loot boxes and end game credits, while better, are still laughable at best.

Imagine if the lines at Disney Land were 15 hours long. Then imagine if they improved things by making them only 12 hours long. You cant negate the fact that there is an improvement… but its still 12 freaking hours to get on a ride.

Added to the fact, that the increases to the daily and end match rewards only increase the frequency that you can get an RNG box to attempt to progress. Its still frelling RNG! EA just doesnt get it.

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amkosh

The thing is, you’re paying way less per hour for that game, and you are (in theory) having fun during those sessions to get stuff. Can’t say many people have fun in line for a ride while they stand and wait.

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Sray

“Dear Walt Disney Corporation,

Please dump your carefully selected business partner who was monetizing Star Wars games in a way that you were fully aware of, approved of, and only stopped when it looked like it was going to cause bad publicity for your next movie.

Signed,
Gamers who haven’t bothered asking why SWTOR and Star Wars Commander still have monetized lootbox progression”

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Sarcasm aside, I appreciate the effort, but this is really barking up the wrong tree. As I’ve said a few times now, Disney is not your friend. They have been fully complicit in how EA has monetized Star Wars games, and they only intervened when it looked like might cost them more money to leave it alone. The Lucasfilm story group is in constant contact with game developers over everything -only Games Workshop is more obsessive about how you portray their IP- and Disney reps have fully signed off on everything that EA has done. I wish it were otherwise, but it’s about as likely that Disney will let Mickey Mouse start swearing as them dumping EA.

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Dug From The Earth

Both those other games are “legit” F2P games.

The issue at hand with SW BF2… was that its a full 60 dollar premium game, with additional monetized lootboxes.

I do agree that trying to get Disney to pull their license is a bit much though… How about Disney just put extra pressure on them, to do things a better way instead?

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Gaius Cavadus

SWTOR is not a legitimate F2P game. The restrictions on free accounts are virtually unparalleled in the modern MMO scene.

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Dug From The Earth

Highly subjective

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Bruno Brito

^

If it profits, it works. Unparalleled or not.

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Sray

The issue for many -including myself- is lootboxes, period. But regardless of one’s opinion on lootboxes, the fact is there is no way Disney didn’t know what was going on.

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amkosh

To make enough money to satisfy their license and regular growth numbers, they probably need the box fee to be in the 100-120$ range. It is simple as that.

Also EA and Disney are public companies. IF they don’t do everything possible to make their numbers, then their owners will at best leave em for better investments, or at worst will sue them for not doing their jobs.

Non public companies have a bit more freedom, they can just accept less profit or even a loss (if they can bear it, not many really can)

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Bryan Turner

I signed it.

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Pepperzine

As did I. Thanks MoP for letting me know this petition exists.