Tech & Science Fans are outraged by the new 'Star Wars' game

01:03  14 november  2017
01:03  14 november  2017 Source:   Business Insider Australia

New monuments stand proud at Australian War Memorial

  New monuments stand proud at Australian War Memorial As sunset on Remembrance Day, new shadows are being cast across Anzac Parade.  Known as Australia’s most sacred street, the boulevard runs from the national parade grounds on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin up to the Australian War Memorial. The street is lined with gum trees and monuments to our fallen service men and women and the wars they fought in. Now four mounted horsemen and two giant monoliths join the guard of honour. One one side four mounted horsemen, soldiers from over a century ago, ride down from the scrub in tribute to the Australians who served in the Boer War.

Fans are outraged at the newest “ Star Wars ” game , “ Star Wars Battlefront 2.” They’re mad because classic “ Star Wars ” characters like Luke Skywalker aren’t unlocked as playable characters.

That’s because fans of the “ Star Wars Battlefront” series are outraged that major characters are unavailable to play from the start of the newest game in the series, “ Star Wars Battlefront 2.” The first-person shooter “ Star Wars ” game costs $US60

Star Wars Battlefront II© Provided by Business Insider Inc Star Wars Battlefront II

  • Fans are outraged at the newest "Star Wars" game, "Star Wars Battlefront 2."
  • They're mad because classic "Star Wars" characters like Luke Skywalker aren't unlocked as playable characters.
  • The game's maker, EA, issued a statement in response that only made fans angrier.

A new "Star Wars" game is just days from its big debut, and one of the top posts on the game's Reddit page is instructions for how to cancel your pre-order.

That's because fans of the "Star Wars Battlefront" series are outraged that major characters are unavailable to play from the start of the newest game in the series, "Star Wars Battlefront 2." The first-person shooter "Star Wars" game costs $US60, and is scheduled to launch on November 17 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

Is Irene leaving Home And Away?

  Is Irene leaving Home And Away? Lynne McGranger, who plays Irene on Home And Away, sets the record straight once and for all about quitting the show.“I get bored very easily,” Lynne, 64, tells TV WEEK. “I’m one of those people who needs a bit of a change-up and something different.

Fans are outraged at the newest “ Star Wars ” game , “ Star Wars Battlefront 2.” They’re mad because classic “ Star Wars ” characters like Luke Skywalker aren’t unlocked as playable characters.

Fans are outraged at the newest " Star Wars " game , " Star Wars Battlefront 2." They're mad because classic " Star Wars " characters like Luke Skywalker aren't unlocked as playable characters.

Characters like Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, and Princess Leia -- so-called "Hero" characters in the game's multiplayer mode -- require in-game credits to be unlocked.

Redditors did the maths, and discovered that it would take dozens of hours to unlock the characters. Alternatively, you could pay real money for randomised, virtual "loot crates" that contain the currency used to unlock Hero characters.

One Reddit user summarized the situation concisely: "Many believe that this ridiculous grind is a way to encourage microtransaction purchases."

Star Wars Battlefront 2© Provided by Business Insider Inc Star Wars Battlefront 2

In this way, you're not directly paying to unlock the Hero characters; instead, you're paying for the chance of earning virtual currency that can unlock those characters.

Peru fans bombard All Whites hotel with fireworks

  Peru fans bombard All Whites hotel with fireworks The visitors were subjected to an unwelcome 3am wake-up call on the eve of their crucial World Cup qualifier.The jets, emblazoned with the message "Vamos Peru" (Come on Peru), produced an ear-splitting noise which could be heard from blocks away, according to NZME's Michael Burgess.

The game 's maker, EA, issued a response that only made fans angrier. A new " Star Wars " game is days from its big debut, and one of the top posts on the game 's Reddit page is instructions for canceling your preorder.

Fans are outraged at the newest " Star Wars " game , " Star Wars Battlefront 2." They're mad because classic " Star Wars " characters like Luke Skywalker aren't unlocked as playable characters. The game 's maker, EA, issued a statement in response that only made fans angrier.

After unlocking them, you can play as those Hero characters in various online multiplayer modes.

It's a major selling point of the "Battlefront" series, offering "Star Wars" fans a greatest-hits version of the beloved sci-fi universe. Play as your favourite characters! Explore famous locales from the "Star Wars" universe!

Star Wars Battlefront 2© Provided by Business Insider Inc Star Wars Battlefront 2

The previous "Battlefront" game had no such system. You bought the game for $US60, and perhaps you bought the downloadable content that came out later, and that was it.

In "Battlefront 2," you buy the game for $US60 and are offered the option of buying "loot crates." You don't have to buy them -- they're earned through playing the game. But EA is incentivizing players to buy loot crates by locking characters behind a gate that can only be unlocked with in-game credits -- credits earned from loot crates. You could spend dozens of hours playing the game in order to unlock these characters, but the point of buying the game for many people is to play as these characters.

Photo of Elizabeth Hurley in 'pinkalicious' outfit makes fans go 'wow': 'Really suits you'

  Photo of Elizabeth Hurley in 'pinkalicious' outfit makes fans go 'wow': 'Really suits you' Elizabeth Hurley turned heads in the striking ensemble that she paired with silver-coloured high heels while letting her tresses flow down her shoulders. The photo was taken at the Holiday House launch in London on Wednesday evening (8 November)."Thank you @holidayhouselondon for raising money for @bcrfcure @bcacampaign," she wrote alongside the snap she shared with her fans on Instagram.

The game 's maker, EA, issued a response that only made fans angrier. A new " Star Wars " game is days from its big debut, and one of the top posts on the game 's Reddit page is instructions for canceling your preorder.

We have vocal Star Wars fans to thank for Force choking Hasbro into doing the right thing: The toy company announced they will now be including the franchise’s latest heroine in their new Star Wars Monopoly game .

Thus, EA choosing to lock those characters has been received poorly -- especially given the perception that the lock is a means of encouraging players to buy in-game items. The California-based game publisher responded to fans over the weekend, and the response sparked more outrage.

People specifically latched on to the first line from the response: "The intent is to provide players with a sense of pride and accomplishment for unlocking different heroes."

Backlash on the game's Reddit page has been swift and damning:

Reddit (Star Wars Battlefront 2)© Provided by Business Insider Inc Reddit (Star Wars Battlefront 2)

At the heart of this outrage, beyond "Star Wars Battlefront 2," is the ongoing debate over how games handle microtransactions.

Essentially, "When and how is it ok to handle charging players money in games?"

In the case of "Battlefront 2," fans feel that the game's developer is putting important content behind a gate that can only be unlocked by spending a massive amount of time or real money. And that's after spending $US60 or more on the game itself.

Here's how one Redditor put it in response to EA's statement:

"Locking iconic characters behind credit walls that will take dozens of hours to get one is just insane, especially when I am willing to bet you have tons of heroes planned which will be behind similar paywalls? You cannot ever attain a sense of pride and accomplishment from that, because most sane people will give up long before this."

EA's community team Reddit account hasn't said anything since Sunday, and a representative didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Socceroos wait on Cahill injury .
Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou is among the many nervous Australian soccer fans awaiting news on Tim Cahill's injured ankle.Socceroos star Tim Cahill will learn on Saturday whether he'll travel to Honduras for Australia's do-or-die World Cup qualifiers after sustaining the injury in Melbourne City's 1-0 defeat to Sydney FC on Friday.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!