With fans the world over swooning over today's official release of Star Wars Battlefront 2's reveal trailer, many players are already wondering what's on the horizon for the forthcoming science fiction shooter's DLC plans. Although the developers at DICE and Electronic Arts have yet to actually provide details regarding the type of content that the expansions will contain, the game's creative director, Bernd Diemer, confirmed ahead of the title's reveal at Star Wars Celebration 2017 that the shooter will not have a season pass for its DLC.
While it's possible to interpret this revelation in relation to Star Wars Battlefront 2's DLC as DICE and Electronic Arts saying that fans won't be able to go all-in on the content, and will instead be able to purchase the add-on packs in a standalone manner at $15 a pop, it seems as if Diemer is intimating that the game's expansions may not be locked behind a paywall at all. Regarding the matter, Diemer said:
"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 [take it apart] and come up with something better."
Taking the above statement from Star Wars Battlefront 2's creative director into consideration, it seems as if Diemer and his team have been inspired to make such a move by studying the post-launch lifespan of titles like Titanfall 2. As it happens, the Respawn Entertainment-developed mech-shooter has continually released free DLC for roughly six months after its release, much to the delight of the game's players. Interestingly enough, Diemer has said that the decision to do away with a season pass in Battlefront 2 was done for similar reasons–to keep the game's community intact.
"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 [more] invested in the game without having a fragmented community."
Although Diemer's statement confirms that Star Wars Battlefront 2 will be doing away with the season pass model for DLC, Electronic Arts has issued a statement indicating that it could change its mind on the matter in the future. Interestingly enough, the publisher has said that it's not fully ready to unveil what it has planned for the game's multiplayer add-ons, but it will be divulging those details soon enough. The statement from EA reads:
"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 2. We’ll have more to share about our plans soon."
All things considered, should Star Wars Battlefront 2 stay the course with Diemer's plans and ditch a season pass, it would not only greatly please the franchise's fan base, but also it would surely be a benefit to the title's sales in the long run. For example, those who miss out on picking it up at launch won't be deterred from buying it later on down the line due to the possibility of not being able to keep up with the rest of the installed community, who will have already moved on to new content. With any luck, DICE and Electronic Arts will build upon the good news of the game having a story campaign and space battles to reveal that the season pass model will be gone altogether.
Star Wars Battlefront 2 is set to launch on November 17, 2017 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.