Star Wars Battlefront’s recently announced sequel will not have a season pass to avoid segmenting the community, according to creative director Bernd Dierner.
“We don’t have a season pass,” he told Mashable when asked about the game’s post-launch plans. “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.”
The original game’s season pass offered access to four post-launch DLC releases which each added new maps to the game, leading to players becoming segmented and making it harder to find games on certain maps.
“We don’t want to segment our community,” Diemer added. “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.”
However, despite a seemingly solid confirmation from the creative director, an EA spokesperson later asked Mashable “to withhold the confirmation that there won’t be a Season Pass,” because the company wasn’t ready to confirm the game’s post-launch plans.
“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,” the statement reads. “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.”
The game was officially announced over the weekend during a panel at Star Wars Celebration and features a full single-player campaign that follows Iden Versio, the commander of an elite Imperial special forces unit called Infero Squad, as she seeks to avenge the Emperor following the events of Return of the Jedi. Players can also look forward to multiplayer battles with up to 40 players on maps from all three eras with “a wide variety of land and air vehicles.”
Get all the details and watch the official reveal trailer here.
Star Wars Battlefront II launches November 17th, 2017 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.