29 August 2017

Revisiting Star Wars Battlefront for Xbox One

Xbox Live got me back into Battlefront for a single weekend because they made the Death Star maps free to play. I recorded it on Twitch and uploaded the matches to YouTube.


"Fighter Squadron is a game mode in Star Wars Battlefront. It is the only game mode that takes place only in the sky, as well in space."
(Source: http://battlefront.wikia.com/wiki/Fighter_Squadron)

This is basically every good Star Wars sky battle put into a single game mode. Imagine that game mode. Picture how awesome that would be, to have every battle in a single game ready to play with live people anytime you want. Now divide every decent battle up into sold separate, downloadable content that sells for $14.99 unless you sign up for EA Access which runs $4.99 per month or $29.99 per year. That might not seem like a large sum of money to spend, but remember that the base game was $60 at launch.

Did you expect your imaginary game mode might include Bespin, the location in the Star Wars universe with the literal "Cloud City", as a location for a starfighter battle? It would seem to make sense since this game explores the old trilogy's leadup to the new Rogue One movie release.

That'll cost an extra $14.99 please.

Well, that's fine. At least you have the Death Star battle in that $60 game I just purchased, right? I mean, you wouldn't advertise a Star Wars game with battles set up using elements from that battle just to sell some freemium model DLC centered nonsense to people and charge them $60 for the right to a game with 4 ads for menu options in the start menu would you? They really wouldn't try to generate this much continous money out of someone just because this game was essentially ported to a new engine. (Battlefront and Battlefront II were games for the original Xbox console in 2004 and 2005, respectively)

Actually, that'll cost an extra $14.99 please. Separate from Bespin's $14.99.

Congratulations to whoever planned that, because it must have been an amazing business decision. At least, if you pack up shop and get out of town after your carnival scam of a business model rips off players with a half finished product. Nobody would expect people to pay for a second game in the same series featuring the same DLC release structure from the same publishers and developers, right?

Star Wars Battlefront II will be released on November 17, 2017. (Don't worry though, we totally did away with the season pass structure. Source)

You mean it?

Maybe. Here's an exact quote from that source link.

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.


Why return to this game?

Xbox Live made the maps for the Death Star free for a single weekend that somehow expired for me around 2 PM Mountain Standard Time on Sunday. (That isn't even close to the whole weekend, who runs that?) Literally, the maps stopped being free before the weekend was over. This is that weekend. Divided into a few matches. Enjoy.

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