Star Wars Battlefront II Hero Unlock Costs Slashed After Fan Outrage


Star Wars Battlefront II isn't officially out until November 17, and yet it's already earning awards...

One gamer estimates that before today's discount, it would have taken about 40 hours to unlock Darth Vader without spending extra money.

When you buy Battlefront 2, you expect to be able to play as Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker et al.

After several Redditors commented on the tremendous amount of time it takes to unlock Darth Vader (and other heroes), another user pointed out that the powerful character could be accessed earlier if you are willing to spend another $80 on the game. As reported by Forbes, critics who attended the Battlefront 2 event were playing a build of the game in which the prices for hero unlocks had been lowered. As it stands now, players will have to dedicate almost 40 hours of gaming to begin to unlock the characters. A week ago, EA claimed they would change how progression worked in the online progression of the game, due to player feedback regarding loot boxes.

EA released an official statement on the matter after their attempt to save face on Reddit became the most downvoted comment in the history of the website. "Unlocking a hero is a great accomplishment in the game, something we want players to have fun earning". Although the trailer doesn't reflect Battlefront II's campaign mode, it features some awesome live-action sequences that will make fans more excited about the game. EA says that's because it wants these characters to feel like "achievements".

Players took issue with that sentiment, however, because Battlefront II does not rewar in-game currency based on your skill or accomplishments. And we continue to make adjustments based on your feedback as the game launches worldwide this week. "We'll be making constant adjustments to ensure that players have challenges that are compelling, rewarding, and of course attainable via gameplay", EA said. More information on that AMA will be coming down the pipeline shortly, but for now, head down to the comments section and let us know if this change is enough to get you to reconsider your stance on Battlefront 2. For those of you looking forward to playing the Star Wars™ game you've been waiting for, thank you, too. There's a wide range in there between "a sense of pride and accomplishment", a cakewalk, and the absurd amount of play now required, especially considering that some of the current locked characters (not to mention future additions) are exactly the ones you'd buy a Star Wars game to play.