Star Wars Battlefront II might not have a season pass
Shortly after Electronic Arts and DICE officially unveiled Star Wars Battlefront II conflicting reports emerged in regards to a rather hot-button issue: whether or not the game will have a season pass for its post-launch DLC content.
As fans of DICE’s first Battlefront game remember, it included a season pass which granted access to four different DLC expansions, each of which contained new features like maps, playable heroes, weapons, Star Cards, and more. Many people likely assumed that this year’s sequel would follow a similar course, but then DICE creative director Bernd Diemer made a startling revelation during a recent chat with Mashable:
"We don't have a season pass. We decided on that, and it's one of those difficult decisions because it has so many implications all around. When we looked at the way Battlefront had evolved over its lifetime, with the DLC and everything, we decided, 'You know what? For this type of game, season passes are not the best thing. We need to and come up with something better."
Diemer later elaborated by saying that DICE realized how much releasing paid map packs had fragmented the first Battlefront’s community and that for the sequel the development team wanted to try something different:
"We don't want to segment our community. I cannot talk about the specifics of this, but we have something different in mind that will allow you to play longer, be invested in the game without having a fragmented community."
If the above comments sound too good to be true, that’s because they just might be. Shortly after Mashable published its interview with Diemer, Electronic Arts asked the publication to clarify that it isn’t yet confirmed that Star Wars Battlefront II won’t have a season pass while providing the following statement of its own:
“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.”
It’s true that EA’s statement isn’t a direct contradiction of what Diemer said, but it definitely sounds like the prospect of a traditional season pass isn’t off the table. Either way, Star Wars Battlefront II will almost certainly have paid DLC of some kind, it just remains to be seen what exactly it will be and how players will be able to buy it.