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Is EA Dice Shortchanging Star Wars Battlefront fans with Free DLC?

It’s been a rough time for Star wars fans and gamers alike these past few months.   Star Wars: Battlefront which released in November met with mixed reviews which included a not so glowing review from us. While a lot of critics decried the game’s bugginess, a lack of multiplayer features common in other FPSes as well as a barebones single player experience, there was some hope that ground could be made up in DLC as time progressed.

With any other game of this type, EA Dice offered battlefront players the option to get a season pass in order to get cheaper DLC as it releases. However, it still stands to question how it is that DLC packs are still arriving that all players have access to. Not that there is anything wrong with free DLC but, what is the sense in enticing gamers to buy a season pass if there is still DLC being given away for free.

I have a question for Season Pass holders and that is when you paid for this particular pass, did you know exactly what you were getting or did you just pay blindly hoping that you will get some cool goodies?   Hang on to that question as we continue on about the DLC that is coming.

It was announced that content to soon drop will add the following:

  • Support for the Blast, Droid Run, Drop Zone, Hero Hunt,
  • Heroes vs Villains multiplayer modes to the Tatooine Survival map, which will now be called Raider Camp.
  • Hoth-themed outfits for Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, unlocked by players completing the game’s Heroes’ Holiday community mission last month.
  • Introduction of daily challenges and community events and the ability for players to create Private Matches.
  • In February a free DLC will add a new survival mission on Hoth, a new Hoth multiplayer map that will support larger game modes including Walker Assault, Supremacy, Fighter Squadron and Turning Point.
  • In March there will be another multiplayer map on Endor that will support Walker Assault, Supremacy, and Turning Point, and an additional Tatooine Survival map.

And…oh yes, if you are a paying customer here is what is coming later this year as well.

  • Star Wars Battlefront Outer Rim (March 2016) – Fight among the factories of Sullust and battle within Jabba the Hutt’s palace on Tatooine.
  • Star Wars Battlefront Bespin (Summer 2016) – It’s hunt or be hunted in this action-packed experience set in the Cloud City of Bespin.
  • Star Wars Battlefront Death Star (Fall 2016) – As indicated in the title, the Death Star makes its way into Star Wars gaming for the first time.

So, the question that comes to mind is this, unless you really just want to play on new maps, what was the purpose of purchasing the Season Pass? Granted that yes, some of the other tweaks are fine but outside of the maps, is there a real benefit to actually paying extra to be a Season Pass holder? If looking at what is being offered for free and what a Season Pass holder is getting, pass holders should be a bit miffed.

The biggest issue with any Season Pass is that a lot of gamers went into this, as well as many other games, without having any idea of what they were going to get and of course EA happily fleeced gamers out of their money. So far it looks like all the little extra perks (new outfits, new maps and even Private Matches) that would seemingly go into having a Season Pass is being given away and that should be a cause for concern. On the other hand however, me would be inclined to say that if you paid money upfront without asking about what you are purchasing, that the blame is on you, but that point is debatable.

Let this be a lesson that if any game comes out offering a season pass with little to no details as to what is enclosed, gamers should wait. Before you spend that extra 30 or 40 dollars for ‘extra and exciting content’, find out exactly what it contains and when you will get it because buying a season pass is like buying a promise. A promise that game creators will give you the value of what you paid to play especially in cases where some of the extra you are paying for, probably should have been in the game from the start.

But the sad truth is this: when you pay for a season pass, game developers are not obligated to give you the world. You can’t get a refund and at worst you may be stuck with 30 or 40 dollars’ worth of content you could care less about. Look at what EA is offering for free and look at what Season Pass holders are getting and ask if it’s worth it.

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2 Comments on Is EA Dice Shortchanging Star Wars Battlefront fans with Free DLC?

  1. I was pretty disgusted with the new Battlefront. A far cry from the originals. I mean first of all how do you get rid of Space Battles, the coolest and most innovative feature of Battlefront II? And the way that vehicles are placed on the map as power-ups instead of just being vehicles on the map is dumb. It’s also just what every other FPS is now, an old idea put over that awful COD template that just sucks so hard. And of course my biggest problem is that there is no campaign-esque mode like Galactic Conquest. I’m sick and tired of all of this ‘multiplayer-only’ gaming that’s going on. It’s ruining the game industry completely, I mean no one cares about the actual quality of the game so long as a bunch of people can shoot each other at the same time online. I hate it I hate it I hate it; I just think the gaming industry has gone so far off the rails. I really think EA Dice screwed this one up big time, and I hope that if KOTOR 3 ever gets made EA has nothing to do with it. Okay rant over.

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