The director of Star Wars Battlefront II confirmed that there is no season pass for the game this time around.Star Wars Battlefront II is coming together with an eye toward keeping the community whole long after the game is released.That was a big problem with the first Star Wars Battlefront released in 2015.The multiplayer only game felt like incomplete at its $60 launch price but it slowly evolved over four post-release map packs, pricing each at $15.
The economics of post-released DLC created a problem for players that stuck around.As the time passed and fewer returned for the new content drops, only a few numbers of players had access to everything.Which in turn, made it harder to find matches or even play with friends who hadn’t kept on top of add-ons.The Star Wars Battlefront I was multiplayer only but it seems that the Star Wars Battlefront II will have a story mode also.
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The major change in Star Wars Battlefront II is the Season Pass which amounts to a discounted DLC pre-purchase is no more.The creative director, Bernd Diemer confirmed in a chat ahead of the game’s Star Wars Celebration 2017 reveal: “we don’t have a season pass.”
So, that mean you won’t be able to pre-purchase $15 map packs this time aroundBut Diemer’s explanation suggests a more significant change.
“We decided on that, and it’s one of those difficult decisions because it has so many implications all around,” he continued. “When we looked at the way Star Wars Battlefront had evolved over its lifetime, with the DLC and everything, we decided, ‘You know what? For this type of game, season passes are not the best thing. We need to [take it apart] and come up with something better.”
It’s clear that this decision was rooted in a core idea: “We don’t want to segment our community,” Diemer said.
“I cannot talk about the specifics of this, but we have something different in mind that will allow you to play longer, be [more] invested in the game without having a fragmented community.”
Diemer admitted that it’s bad to the health of a game’s community when new maps and new DLC’s are locked behind a paywall. It creates a situation where, as he put it, “the community is falling apart because there are simply not many people playing the different modes.”
“So we definitely want to avoid that.”
One day after our interview, EA reached out to ask us to withhold the confirmation that there won’t be a Season Pass for Star Wars Battlefront II. The reason, we were told, is because they couldn’t definitively say whether that would be the case, despite what Diemer said and expounded upon.The Star Wars Battlefront II would do way better than Battlefront I.
It sounds like they weren’t ready to reveal this information yet, likely because the makeup of the Season Pass replacement hasn’t been nailed down.
Here is what EA had to say:
EA sent over the following statement to attempt to clarify Diemer’s remarks:
While we’re not ready to confirm any live service plans just yet, what we can say is this we heard the feedback from our Battlefront community loud and clear. We know they want more depth, more progression, and more content. So we’re focused on delivering that in every dimension of Star Wars Battlefront II. We’ll have more to share about our plans soon.
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