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Battlefront II didn’t have cosmetic lootboxes to avoid “violating the canon of Star Wars”

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Yes, we’re still talking about Star Wars: Battlefront II’s lootboxes. Sorry. Anyway, one of the principal concerns many had with those lootboxes was that they impacted player progression and unlocks, instead of taking the tried and trusted (and far less egregious) route of making their contents cosmetic vanity items. Had the paid lootboxes only unlocked outfits, accessories and skins as in Overwatch, nobody would have complained.

Speaking at the Credit Suisse Annual Technology, Media and Telecom Conference, EA chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen said that the reason they didn’t opt for cosmetics was so that they wouldn’t mess with star Wars’ canon.

“The one thing we’re very focused on and they are extremely focused on is not violating the canon of Star Wars,” Jorgensen said (as transcribed by Polygon). “It’s an amazing brand that’s been built over many, many years, and so if you did a bunch of cosmetic things, you might start to violate the canon, right? Darth Vader in white probably doesn’t make sense, versus in black. Not to mention you probably don’t want Darth Vader in pink. No offense to pink, but I don’t think that’s right in the canon.

So, there might be things that we can do cosmetically, and we’re working with Lucas[film] on that. But coming into it, it wasn’t as easy as if we were building a game around our own IP where it didn’t really matter. It matters in Star Wars, because Star Wars fans want realism. But Star Wars fans may also want to tailor things — a different colored lightsaber, things like that. So you might see some of that.”

It seems a plausible explanation, if not for the fact that the game already messes with the established canon by throwing together characters who have no business being on the same battlefield. A Pink Darth Vader skin or a Christmas hat for Chewbacca isn’t going to destroy the canon any more than putting Rey and Darth Maul, or Yoda and Kylo Ren on the same battlefield.

Before you accuse EA of making the lootboxes tied to progression in the name of greed, there are a few reports that they initially wanted them to be cosmetic, only for Disney to insist on them being otherwise.

Last Updated: November 29, 2017


  1. Admiral Chief Silver Dragon

    November 29, 2017 at 13:35

  2. Captain JJ

    November 29, 2017 at 14:08

    Such crap


  3. Allykhat

    November 29, 2017 at 14:24

    “We did it for the Canon guys! We care about the Canon!”


  4. Johann

    November 29, 2017 at 14:30

    But loot boxes are canon right? I’m sure I saw a republic trooper in episode two, spend some cash at the trooper convenience store so that his rifle has a quicker cool down when it overheats. And wasn’t there that one Tie Pilot who bought a lucky packet and got quicker lock on with missiles? No? Oh wait, that’s right…


  5. Magu

    November 29, 2017 at 14:38

    Because it wouldn’t be a complete game without loot boxes of some sort.


  6. Alien Emperor Trevor

    November 29, 2017 at 14:59

    But trade disputes are canon in Star Wars.


  7. EA_CommunityAssurance

    November 29, 2017 at 15:13

    This is totally true.


  8. BakedBagel

    November 30, 2017 at 08:10

    Or you know, you ask the Owners of the Star Wars IP to come up with some canon friendly skins.

    Almost every hero had a moment in Star Wars where they looked battered and broken.
    Why not just make a “Factory New” Vader skin and make it rare. Thats just one simple idea that doesnt fuck with balance or canon


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