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After the official reveal of the Star Wars: Battlefront II reboot, there's no doubt that fans are shaking their heads in mass confusion. All of this started when EA DICE creative director Bernd Diemer told Mashable that #Battlefront2 wouldn't have a season pass for premium DLC. However, it was quickly redacted when EA's PR department decided to step in and metaphorically tape DICE's mouth shut.
Later, Diemer did say something that seemed more ominous in the grand scheme of things:
"I cannot talk about the specifics of this, but we have something different in mind that will allow you to play longer, be [more] invested in the game without having a fragmented community."
Pretty cut and clear, right? The idea of Battlefront II being season-pass free seemed to draw a line where gamers would rally behind the game and opt to buy it. However, it seems EA had the chance to go over everything with a fine-toothed comb before releasing the following statement:
While we’re not ready to confirm any live service plans just yet, what we can say is this we heard the feedback from our Battlefront community loud and clear. We know they want more depth, more progression, and more content. So we’re focused on delivering that in every dimension of Star Wars Battlefront II. We’ll have more to share about our plans soon.
In other words, we may still see a season pass coming to a galaxy not so far away.
Battlefront II Can Go Without a Season Pass, Seeing As Titanfall 2 Did
With the success of Titanfall 2 despite its lack of content, #EA would almost be stepping on its own toes by implementing a season pass, fracturing its community for a quick cash grab that many players will likely opt out of.
For EA, this would make sense, seeing as the company paid Disney an undisclosed but likely ungodly amount of cash in order to develop licensed #StarWars games. That's all before the first line of code had ever been written for 2015's Battlefront, which served as the franchise's reboot.
If a season pass is announced for this sequel, EA will likely hit us with a heaping serve of extra costs, much like it did with #Battlefield1, with players able to line up transactions such as perks, unlockable items and even shortcuts.
The lack of a season pass could mean the game would have to follow the path forged by Titanfall 2, with paid options. Unfortunately for us, this means that creative director Diemer may not have been left with a whole lot of wiggle room for the multiplayer shooter title's future.
No Online DLC For Battlefront II? Fine, Let's Do Campaign DLC
With a campaign well underway and a November 17 release date, we can expect the games will forego the use of multiplayer DLC in order to launch single-player content for fans to enjoy. We already know that our campaign won't just take us through playing as an Imperial Stormtrooper, but offer up something unique compared to past games, with an altogether bigger story.
It's a great tradeoff for those who would rather not see a splintered community due to DLC paywalls. Unfortunately, this suggests the idea that we could get a partial campaign, where we see only the Imperial side and will have to cough up for the Rebel side of the story. However, if that is all, then we're good and this could spell a positive online experience. Just don't expect EA to not have DLC of some description lined up for Star Wars: Battlefront II. We'll find out what's in store when E3 rolls around in June.