LucasFilm chips into Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot crate mess

LucasFilm chips into Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot crate mess

The Disney-owned LucasFilm has responded to the controversy around Star Wars Battlefront 2's loot crate controversy.

In a statement to The Washington Post - as reported by Eurogamer - the firm said it supported EA's decision to pull out, albeit temporarily, microtransactions within the game.

"Star Wars has always been about the fans and whether it's Battlefront or any other Star Wars experience, they come first," the company said.

"That's why we support EA's decision to temporarily remove in-game payments to address fan concerns."

This follows reports that Disney had called Electronic Arts personally, just hours before microtransactions were pulled from the game. Depending on who you believe, it was either chief exec Bob Iger or fellow exec Jimmy Pitaro.

The Post reports it was Pitaro, who called to "express Disney executives' unhappiness at how the outrage reflected on their marquee property." 

It's unsurprising that Disney and LucasFilm would weigh in on what fast became a PR disaster for EA. The firm's monetisation came under heavy flak from the community, with microtransactions ultimately being temporarily removed from the game. 

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Alex Calvin launched in August 2017 and has been its editor since. Prior to this, he was deputy editor at UK based games trade paper MCV and content editor for marketing and events for London Games Festival 2017. His work has also appeared in Eurogamer, The Observer, Kotaku UK, Esquire UK and Develop.


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