No microtransactions coming to Star Wars Battlefront

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I was waiting for some cool image that would emerge before the launch of Star Wars Battlefront showing just how to convert your real world money into in-game currency for those who are drawn to the dark side of microtransactions. I was convinced that as an EA game, there would definitely be ways to spend more real money and it would be highly entertaining. However, I was wrong.

Gamespot spoke to a senior developer on Star Wars Battlefront and it was confirmed that despite the fact that Battlefront uses a two-tier currency system of points and credits, these can only be earned from in-game achievements and cannot be purchased using cold hard cash. Here is a verbatim extract from the interview with Niklas Fegraeus:

GAMESPOT: Just a point of clarification, I’m not sure whether there is microtransactions in Star Wars Battlefront. Could you explain?

FEGRAEUS: Well the currency system is based on your game performance. The credits that you use to buy things in the game are earned. You play the game, complete challenges, and that’s how you get credits.

So, is that the only way you can obtain credits? By earning them by performance?

Yes, that’s what’s in the game. Absolutely.

Ah, the reason I asked is because Battlefront has a two-step currency system, which is usually a telltale sign of paving the way for microtransactions to be introduced. But it sounds like, from what you are saying, that you are moving away from that?

Yeah, that’s not part of the core design of how it works. This is a progression system based on your gameplay performance.

I’m rather pleasantly surprised – a game that doesn’t come pre-designed with way to ask for more money? What is this, 1998? Then again, if you make a game that is so purely multiplayer, I’m sure it will be next to impossible to keep it balanced if you add in micro transactions. So, good guy EA, well done on focusing on gameplay instead of finding more ways to keep on making money.

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Last Updated: October 6, 2015

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  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    I’m still confuzzled. He only talked about one tier – credits. What about points? Hopefully that’s nothing like those ridiculous Bioware points.

  • Marcus

    Second “good guy EA” story of the day! WTF is going on here? Did EA have a moral epiphany?? BF4 will be rolling out another free DLC soon. The gane is 2 years old and still the make content for the game. “What is this, 1998?”

  • Grand Admiral Chief

    Wait, what? Is it true? Is EA….learning??

  • Galbedir

    I wake up today, make a cup of coffee, look out the window at the view, just your average day…then I turn on the computer, and notice a certain article…I click the link. The words ‘No Microtransactions’ and ‘EA’ are in the same sentence….I gasp…What is this world to which I have woken up in?

    • Grand Admiral Chief

      I had to do a triple-take myself

  • WitWolfy

    No microtransactions.. But a HELL lot of DLC!

  • Ryanza

    When a game is always online only, you don’t need to have microtransactions, day 1 DLC, ect.
    Always online gaming is just one step before DRM is implemented on consoles. And then video game products will have zero value.

    I wonder if they will DRM the actual consoles too.

    Don’t Support DRM.

    • Nikola

      But it is an online game that’s what it is made for some of us enjoy playing online!! I agree not having a single player campaign is absolute crap and I won’t be getting the game bcuz of it but you make 0 sense it’s an online game only soooo how can it have an offline mode it has been designed to be played online??

      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        I wouldn’t….

        • Nikola

          hahaha, I know!

      • Ryanza

        I didn’t mention single player campaign. I didn’t mention offline mode.
        Everything you said in your comment is not what I was talking about. But I guess your comment was just to say my comment makes zero sense. That seems to be the typical response to my comments.

        And just to add. Single player campaign games and games that’s meant to be offline mode has seen the always online route. But now always online games are hitting consoles.

        • Nikola

          I agree 100% with you that single player games should not be always online it’s total crap no argument there. If you want to do multiplayer then you go online. Regarding DRM consoles only assholes at Microsoft would do that and I do hope it never happens as it won’t be fair to be people who have no internet access.

          But for a game like this saying don’t support DRM just makes no sense to me, it’s an online game.

          • Ryanza

            I didn’t say, Don’t Support Star Wars Battlefront on consoles for having DRM.
            I say, Don’t Support DRM at the end of all my comments.

            And to add. Battlefront on PC will come with DRM. So, Don’t Support DRM, stands.

  • Hammersteyn

    Played Red Alert 1 yesterday. I really miss Westwood

    • VampyreSquirrel

      Yeah me too… I need to install Generals again… loved that game.

      • Grand Admiral Chief

        While RA1 got ooooodles of gameplay from me historically, Generals has a special place in my gaming history (followed CLOSELY by RA1)

        • Always prefered Dune 2 over the others.

          MUADIB!

          Then again I prefer Starcraft/WC2 over most Westwood games.

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            RA1, Generals and RA2, even CnC TS1, good games those. The rest? Meh

        • VampyreSquirrel

          I played a lot of RA1 but RA2 is my close second to Generals.

          CnC RA2 and Generals are the only RTS’ I can still play… it’s kinda sad.

      • Nikola

        yessss Generals is the shit!! Really sad they never made a sequel…

    • Grand Admiral Chief

      Dat Hell March!

      • VampyreSquirrel

        Aaaaaaand now it’s my ringtone again… funny looks FTW!

        • Grand Admiral Chief

          I heard over the weekend some movie or music or something (cannot remember now where) was using that music, all I remember is that it pissed me off, since it was not related to gaming

          • VampyreSquirrel

            That’s just wrong!

      • Hammersteyn

        Classic!

  • Well it seems EA really wants to give their worst company award to Ubinami!

  • Jonah Cash

    It will still come… it is EA after all!

  • Darren Peach

    No microtransactions coming to Star Wars Battlefront……. What happened to our life. Now it makes news when a game has no microstransactions. Just the other day it was the opposite.

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