You may have woken up on Sunday morning to hear the news that EA was not offering a Season Pass for their upcoming Star Wars Battlefront II game coming out later this year. It seems that as the day went on, EA started pulling back that news, especially with Mashable, who broke the story on Sunday.
Bernd Dierner, the creative director on Battlefront 2, said in comments reported by Mashable. “We don’t have a season pass.” Kind of hard to not take that literally. When you say that you do not have one, there is very little ground to pull back on that.
A little bit later, EA reached back out to Mashable to possibly clarify, “EA reached out to ask us to withhold the confirmation that there won’t be a Season Pass for Battlefront 2.” Here is the statement in full:
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 2. We’ll have more to share about our plans soon.
“The community is falling apart because there are simply not many people playing the different modes,” Dierner told Mashable. He was citing that DICE is well aware that having premium content – like the original game does – fragments the player base. However, later he did add, “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.”
This could have result in Dierner speaking about possibilities or just feedback but not necessarily the direction of the game. This is a cash cow for EA, and Disney, so the thought of them appeasing to the gamer base over the mighty dollar seems a bit of a stretch. After all, Lucasfilm is the one that always released an updated version of the original trilogy to spike revenue.