‘Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order’ Has “No Microtransactions” And “No Loot Boxes”
In a surprising move, EA has announced that Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order, the singleplayer action game from Apex Legends' developer Respawn Entertainment, will feature no microtransactions and no loot boxes.
During the livestreamed unveiling of the game, EA tweeted the news:
No microtransactions. No loot boxes. And no, we won't be adding them. A single-player Star Wars story for those of you who are ready to become a Jedi. https://t.co/kTheWVBjJc- EA Star Wars (@EAStarWars) April 13, 2019
In recent years, EA has become known for welding multiplayer onto most of its major series. Dragon Age Inquisition and Mass Effect 3 are the biggest examples, but Anthem was also designed in the live game philosophy. It's through that live game component that EA then sells microtransactions, loot boxes, and other DLC.
EA, along with a lot of publishers, was criticised for using loot boxes in its games. However, in a year in which a string of major releases featured similar microtransaction, Star Wars Battlefront 2 was the straw that broke the camel's back. The game had an extensive microtransaction system, gating off a lot of the game's playable characters behind either many hours of play or buying them with real cash.
The backlash against Star Wars Battlefront 2 may well be what led EA to not only keep Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order free of microtransactions, but it's a drastic change of tone to actively shout about their absence at a game reveal.
It will be interesting to see what this means for EA and microtransactions in future.
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