Star Wars Battlefront II might be one of the most polarizing games of all time, and it just might be the most impactful game of the last five years. If Helen of Troy was “the face that launched one thousand ships”, then Star Wars Battlefront II was the game that launched 100,000 blogs, rants, YouTube “watchdog” accounts, and think-pieces about how EA is the closest thing we have to a council of demons on earth.
I have been covering EA’s usage of the Star Wars license exhaustively since 2016. Was the launch promising? Yes. Did they fuck up massively, yes. Did I lose all faith in EA to fix this, or even deliver on a quality Star Wars title ever? Absolutely. But EA said it would make good on its promise to fans, and two years ago the EA DICE, Criterion, Motive, and Frostbite teams embarked on nothing short of a biblical odyssey to make things right.
Last week, EA released their final true live update for Battlefront II, which added a final heap of all-new, all-free content – culminating in two years worth of free expansions and upgrades for the hotly debated shooter. After twenty-five colossal updates, yesterday, (on Star Wars Day no less), a group of content creators and fans released a video to thank the teams for all the work they’ve put in.
This is the shit you love to see. I’ve read tweets and reactions from the teams who are sharing this video, and they truly are touched by the community reaching out to them to thank them for all their hard work.
I can’t even imagine being in the seat of a developer or producer who’s game is getting ripped apart on the internet after spending years of your life, missing family events, losing sleep, and struggling to keep your head above water only to see the reaction of your game break a Reddit record for downvotes.
But the Battlefront II community knows damn well that these teams CARE, and as someone who’s played the game regularly since the updates began, I can truly say from a firsthand point of view that it shows in every single aspect of the game.
Thank you so much, EA teams, for all of your hard work, and for delivering a definitive next-gen Star Wars adventure that so many have created memories with. May the Force be with you – always.
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