Lucasfilm On The Controversy Surrounding ‘Star Wars Battlefront II’

star wars battlefront iden versioThere seems to be no quenching in regards to the ongoing controversy surrounding Star Wars Battlefront II‘s implementation of microtransactions as means for players to use real-life currency to unlock substantial gameplay advantages over other online players. These advantages are unlocked by opening “loot boxes” which contain random gameplay benefits for the player which could include anything from providing players the ability to unlock new weapons and characters at a faster rate and to level up their stats rapidly.

The backlash has garnered so much notoriety and widespread attention that Electronic Arts, the game’s publisher, has temporarily disabled the option for players to purchase microtransactions with plans to restore a more robust and rebalanced of the option at a later time.

It seems like the fans aren’t the only ones that are onboard with Electronic Art’s decision to freeze microtransactions as a spokesperson from Lucasfilm/Disney spoke to The Wall Street Journal in regards to the recent controversy:

“Star Wars has always been about the fans — and whether it’s Battlefront or any other Star Wars experience, they come first. That’s why we support EA’s decision to temporarily remove in-game payments to address fan concerns.”

There is no doubt that the rocky release of Star Wars Battlefront II has made the title somewhat of a pariah amongst the gaming industry. To add more fuel to the fire, lawmakers are now investigating whether or not the practice of implementing “loot boxes” could be considered gambling since there is no telling what the player will unlock.

Given the slew of free content on the horizon for Star Wars Battlefront II in which there is no doubt the developers want to appease the game’s community and give the title a longer lifespan in the midst of the controversy, here’s hoping Electronic Arts will take the criticism to heart in regards to its “loot box” practice and make changes that are all for the better. Perhaps some pressure from the folks at Lucasfilm will help invoke such changes?

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will rise on December 15, 2017. The movie’s cast includes Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, Domhnall Gleeson as General Armitage Hux, Benicio Del Toro as “DJ”, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, and Jimmy Vee as R2-D2.

Source: Washington Post (via The Wall Street Journal)

8 ‘Star Wars’ Spin-Off Movies We Really Want To See

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Star Wars-SagaMay the 4th be with you, everyone! Even on May the 8th! With Star Wars weekend in the rear-view mirror, it’s still a great time to kick back, get out your old glow-in-the-dark lightsaber toys and Darth Vader Halloween masks, and pop in those original trilogy DVDs. Maybe even all 8 currently-released films, if you’re up for the challenge (both mental and otherwise). Speaking of which, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story just came out on Blu-ray, marking the first home release of many Star Wars spin-off movies to come.

Of these, only one future title has been confirmed – Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, to be released in May of 2018. Beyond that, we know Disney had at least two more planned, and probably more down the line. And why not? The Star Wars universe is so ripe for exploration. There are so many characters we were introduced to in the Saga movies that could easily get their own film. And it doesn’t stop there. The legacy of the Jedi and the Sith go back thousands of years, opening up virtually endless possibilities of story material.

Given this abundance of material just waiting to be tapped into, Heroic Hollywood decided to celebrate the Star Wars holiday by compiling a list of the Star Wars stand-alone movies we’d most like to see. While some of the films on this list are more likely to be developed than others, they each share one unifying factor: they’d all be freakin’ awesome!

Heroic Hollywood proudly presents the 8 ‘Star Wars’ Spin-Off Movies We Really Want To See! Click next to get started. And may the Force be with you!

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Michael Vassallo

Michael Vassallo

A freelance journalist since 2015 based out of Central Florida. Michael is a collector of vinyl records, comic books, a coffeephile and an overall nerd....

  • Matias Gagliardone

    I had such high hopes when it was announced..