Generally speaking, Battlefield 1 looks totally awesome; the trailer is totally amazing, and makes Call of Duty Infinite Warfare’s trailer look about a generation behind the times. Between the two, there is simply no comparison.
Watch the epic video below:
But while we are all totally stoked for the next entry in the Battlefield series, we do unfortunately have a couple of gripes.
During an EA investor call last week, CEO Andrew Wilson dropped some irritating news. In typical EA fail tradition, we will be dealing with both micro-transactions and map packs with Battlefield 1.
Naturally he couched his language. Check out what he said about the micro-transactions:
“As relates to Battlefield 1 and extra monetization opportunity, taking a step back, any time we think about extra monetization inside an experience, we really think about it on two vectors: One, are we able to provide value to the gamer, in terms of extending and enhancing their experience? And two, are we able to do that in a world where we give them choice? We never want to be in a place where there’s a belief that we are providing a pay to win mechanic inside of one of our games.
Given that in Battlefield 1 you will see both macro monetization opportunities from us like maps and large scale content, as well as micro monetization opportunities, smaller increments of gameplay, and then over time, what you will see from us is elements of gameplay that allow gamers to engage and drive, and extend and enhance their experience, much the way people do with FIFA Ultimate Team or Madden Ultimate Team today.”
As you can see, he sneakily mentioned paid map packs in here, as part of the “macro” monetization opportunities.
As annoying as this sort of thing is, it’s hard to blame EA for taking advantage. Look how well it’s paid off for other game developers. GTA Online has already made more than $500 million in revenue off of micro-transactions. That is a working virtual economy.
So are we surprised? Hardly. Irritated? … Of course. We still hate these features, and we always will. But c’est la vie!