The next game from the Star Wars universe published by Electronic Arts, Star Wars: Squadrons, will not have a microtransaction system, to the delight of all players.
After the disastrous episode at the time of the release of Star Wars Battlefront 2, which besides largely blackened its image due to microtransactions, Electronic Arts is anxious to restore its image in particular with the saga created by George Lucas. If many players were fearing of microtransactions similar to pay-to-win in Star Wars: Squadrons, which will offer a multiplayer game, you should know that the studio seems to have learned from its mistakes.
Following the formalization of the title through a nice trailer, Electronic Arts said in a press release that players can, if they wish, customize their ship or the appearance of the character. However, all cosmetics and other items to be unlocked will be won by playing into the game and only by this means. The editor explains that microtransactions will not be implemented, and that only the game can make you unlock certain things.
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The creative director Ian Frazier of Star Wars: Squadrons, in an interview with GameInformer, also made it clear that there won’t be any type of microtransactions in his game: “Our mindset has been very old school. We’re trying to say with this game that we have a $40 price point, we want to feel generous to players, and we want it to feel like a complete experience. Like ‘You gave us your $40. Here’s a game that you will love. Thank you.’ That’s it. This isn’t something we are building around a live-service strategy. It’s built around a game that is complete and great in its own right. That’s not to say we will never add anything, I guess we could, but it’s not presented as a live service.”
As a reminder, Star Wars: Squadrons will offer in addition to its multiplayer a solo adventure taking place after the events of Return of Jedi, the sixth film in chronological order. Some famous characters from the license will make an appearance. So we imagine meeting Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker or Han Solo and his famous Millennium Falcon at one time or another.
Star Wars: Squadrons is slated to be released on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on October 2, and will also be VR compatible.