Star Wars Squadrons creative director: ‘We’re not trying to treat the game as a live service’

    
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Star Wars Squadrons creative director: ‘We’re not trying to treat the game as a live service’

If EA wanted a fast way to chill all the fervor for Star Wars Squadrons, then what it told UploadVR this week in regard to future content is basically the ice bucket challenge.

“Never say never, so to speak, but as far as our philosophy goes we’re not trying to treat the game as a live service,” Creative Director Ian Frazier told the website in a recent interview. “We don’t want to say, ‘It’s almost done!’ and then dribble out more of it over time, which to be honest is how most games work these days. So we’ve tried to treat it in kind of an old-school approach saying, ‘You’ve paid the $40, this is the game and it’s entirely self-contained. We’re not planning to add more content, this is the game, and we hope you understand the value proposition.'”

While that’s sure to make people sick of overwrought microtransactions happy, it’s a bit weird in a world of DLC and expansions and quest packs. Then again, Frazier seems to be suggesting that the reason is less that EA respects your wallet and more that it doesn’t want to pull people away from Battlefront more than necessary.

“So even though we do go into the outer atmosphere of Yavin Prime, we never go anywhere truly terrestrial because we wanted to separate the game in that flavor from something like Battlefront, which we already have.”

Still, that’s a big bummer for people hoping the Star Wars galaxy would be expanding a bit more in one of the most welcome Star Wars games in ages.

Source: UploadVR

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Hravik

Might I point people to the XWA Upgrade Project.

Just saying. People are still modding this game 21 years later. If the game is good enough, fans will improve it.

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PhoenixDfire

So no new ships, a straight up deathmatch mode or new single player missions. Pity.

The one time I would happily pay for DLC (but obviously not loot boxes) from an EA game is the one game they won’t do it. The Irony.

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Jack Pipsam

I’m honestly more than fine with this. Not every game needs to be some kind of live-service or get lots of updates, let alone be filled with microtransactions.

If they stick to their guns on this and the game sells well, EA runs out of excuses of why they need to turn so many of their products into trash.

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agemyth 😩

I’m sure this is a bit of an experiment for them, and they aren’t bold enough to go all-in yet. There isn’t a clear observable demographic for dogfighting games (in space or in atmosphere) in the form that a company like EA would want to target with a AAA game that it intends to support for 2+ years with extra content.

EA’s terrible track record with the Star Wars license makes this smaller risk release make a lot of sense. I would say it sounds like they nailed the fundamentals of the type of game they wanted to make (based on what I’ve heard) even if it is a bit shallow. If this does well they will make another in about two years and if it does really well they will make it yet another service game that wants to take all of our collective time and money.

Remember that not everything needs to be a service though.

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Drunk3nShaman

Not happy myself, was looking so forward to this but once I see no more content even if it was paid this has me waiting till it’s on sale in year or two dirt cheap as my faith in EA is eroding to nothingness thank god I waited since this is not the Multiplayer Star Wars flight sim I was looking for.

4 maps 8 ships 40 dollars fine
give us another 4 maps and 8 ships for another 40 in an EXPANTION not another game entirely…..
I have several VR headsets…
I have a HOTAS setup…
I have been waiting on games like this to come back for DECADES and this is what you give us.

A half assed attempt at best…
So it’s half assed or waiting FOREVER for Star citizen…

Well at least I have MFS and Elite Dangerous but I was really looking forward to this being something special, should have known EA would fuck it up.

I hope everyone enjoys it that got it, but I will abstain in protest to this half assed attempt at gaining my money with a half hearted pickup on a steam sale for 5-10 bucks in a year since that’s all this Demo is really worth.

Also Origin wont run in VR unless you have a wired headset if you have a quest and use the cord to connect to your PC, you have to play through steam. or at least that is my experience with Origin and the EA play pro version.

glad I decided to try on the sub as apposed to paying 40 outright then going through the refund process.

I will enjoy it for what it is for the month and if no DLC is announced I’ll stop playing like most of the people will.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

I’m all about this if it means they do a new game every year or two. Hopefully they’ll iterate on it and after 3 games or so I’ll be burned out and the series will take a break after they saturate the market with yearly releases lol.

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Mark Jacobs

If this ends up selling well for EA, I think it’s safe to say they will create sequels. I’m not sure when EA’s deal with Disney ends, but from what I’ve read this game has been well received and could be an “evergreen” for them if they don’t mess it up depending on how long they keep the Star Wars license.

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Drunk3nShaman

it can’t end fast enough.

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PanagiotisLial1

Thats a good thing, that is how non mmo games should be in my opinion. They can make a sequel later if they think it successful

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Java Jawa

Was hoping for some new ships down the road as dlc, oh well.