EA Sports developer says he’s getting death threats over unpopular new ‘Battlefront 2’ feature


Welcome to FTW Explains, a guide to catching up on and better understanding stuff going on in the world. You may have seen that there’s a fiery debate raging in the world of eSports, one that is leaving gamers furious and has reportedly reported to death threats against one of the game’s developers. Let us explain.

So, what exactly is going on? Here’s a brief primer on it all…

What is ‘Battlefront 2’?

Star Wars Battlefront II is the long-awaited sequel to the 2015 re-boot Star Wars Battlefront. Its 2015 prequel earned favorable reviews and good sales, so the sequel was excitedly anticipated by fans.

What’s the problem?

According to multiple gamers playing the Beta of the new game (which releases officially on Friday, November 17), a number of the game’s key characters are painfully hard to unlock.

PCGamer.com has a good recap about the entire Reddit feed on the game, but in short, users detail that they’re either forced to pay more for iconic characters like Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker — after already purchasing the game — or to play a hefty number of hours in order to unlock them for free. Because in-game credits are handed out on a time-played basis, rather than an accomplishment basis, one user calculated it would take 40 hours of playing just to unlock Luke Skywalker’s character.

What’s next?

To quell the outrage, presumably, which has reached such a point that one EA Sports developer claims he has been receiving death threats about it.

EA Sports itself entered the debate on Reddit with the following statement, which promptly became the most down-voted post in Reddit history:

The intent is to provide players with a sense of pride and accomplishment for unlocking different heroes.

As for cost, we selected initial values based upon data from the Open Beta and other adjustments made to milestone rewards before launch. Among other things, we’re looking at average per-player credit earn rates on a daily basis, and we’ll be making constant adjustments to ensure that players have challenges that are compelling, rewarding, and of course attainable via gameplay.

We appreciate the candid feedback, and the passion the community has put forth around the current topics here on Reddit, our forums and across numerous social media outlets.

Our team will continue to make changes and monitor community feedback and update everyone as soon and as often as we can.

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