EA's Star Wars Battlefront II backtrack shows the limitations of loot boxes
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 In an attempt to mitigate a spiraling controversy that saw several death threats made in response to what turned out to be the most downvoted comment in the history of Reddit, EA has announced that it’s tweaking its new Star Wars video game to let you play as Darth Vader faster.
This one will take a little explaining.
Star Wars Battlefront II is only the latest and most extreme example of growing discontent over an increasingly common video game monetization strategy known as “loot boxes” or “loot crates.” While specific implementations vary, the basic idea is that you can spend real money on in-game currency that can be used to buy a bundle of randomized items, or loot. In some games, like Overwatch or Destiny, the items are largely...