Petition Asks for EA's Star Wars License to be Revoked

Petition Asks for EA's Star Wars License to be Revoked

After the recent controversy surrounding Star Wars Battlefront 2‘s loot box system, as well as the closing of Visceral Games and the transition of the studio’s Star Wars title from a linear game to a “broader experience,” it’s safe to say that fans aren’t too pleased with EA. Now, following the most recent wave of outrage, a new petition has surfaced online that encourages Lucasfilm to revoke EA’s license to the Star Wars franchise.

The petition currently has nearly 19,000 signatures at the time of this article’s writing, but is well on its way to reaching the intended stretch goal of 25,000. In the Change.org description, John Hunt reaches out to fans claiming that EA’s usage of the Star Wars license in the last 4 years is proof that “they honestly don’t care about the gameplay experience or content” but instead prefer to rush out the next release and milk as much money from consumers as possible.

It’s not just the recent release and cancellation that Hurt takes issue with, however, and the user recounts the often forgotten failures of the first Star Wars Battlefront title back in 2015. When the game first launched it was relatively short on content and, while the experience looked and sounded better than any Star Wars title in history, the season pass provided the majority of the gameplay while splitting the fan-base in half in the process.

Star Wars Battlefront 2 Hero Unlock Controversy

In the game’s successor, EA promised real change and gamers eagerly awaited the release of the highly-anticipated sequel. Unfortunately for fans, it was soon announced that Star Wars Battlefront 2 was plagued with pay-to-win issues stemming from an expensive loot box system. And though the publisher was quick to lower the ridiculous credit count required to buy heroes such as Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, the community is still unhappy with how EA is treating it.

Unfortunately for Electronic Arts, the pay-to-win controversy has already gathered some real traction as official organizations begin to weigh in on whether or not loot boxes are a form of gambling. For now, the company’s best move would likely be to make all loot boxes contain cosmetic items, though it’s hard to judge whether this entire situation will be salvageable for anyone involved.

Source: Change


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