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EA Might Permanently Give Up On Battlefront 2 Microtransactions

Star Wars Battlefront II.dronepicr/Flickr

Due to the backlash that it received with the prevalence of pay-to-win elements in Star Wars: Battlefront 2, EA had previously decided to temporarily remove microtransactions from the game. However, reports have started circulating that the company might be considering removing the feature from the game completely.

The possibility was brought up by EA CFO Blake Jorgensen himself when he spoke to investors during the 37th NASDAQ Investor Conference, Glixel reports. Jorgensen notes how customer feedback is clearly having an effect on the decisions that the publisher is now making, but it likely has more to do with the increasing political pressure that the gaming industry is facing from legislators and regulators.

"Clearly we are very focused on listening to the consumer and understanding what the consumer wants and that's evolving constantly. But we're working on improving the progression system. We turned the MTX off as an opportunity to work on the progression system inside the game. We're continuing to do that. I think there's an update this week and again next week,” Jorgensen said.

"Overtime we'll address how we will want to bring the MTX either into the game or not and what form we will decide to bring it into."

Based on those words, it’s clear that EA is still committed to making microtransactions a part of its business. However, this might become more difficult in the future, especially if plans by Hawaii state representative Chris Lee comes to fruition.

In a recent video, Lee laid out his plans on how he intends to deal with the predatory practices of video game companies. This includes speaking with other legislators to come up with new laws that will specifically address loot boxes and microtransactions as they pertain to underage gamers. The hope is that the loss in sales incurred by this move will push companies like EA to change their business practices.

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