Electronic Arts' (EA) video game Star Wars: Battlefront II now has a "canon-breaking" pink Darth Vader mod. When the sequel to 2015's Battlefront reboot was released November 17 ahead of the latest film installment, The Last Jedi, there was backlash from fans and critics alike blaming EA for ruining - what could have been - a great game with microtransactions and loot boxes.
While many successful and loved games like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds contains loot boxes for cosmetics, the difference is that EA's loot boxes granted players who were willing to pay-to-play to speed their game process and unlock special abilities while others were stuck spending a crazy amount of hours to unlock one hero. The game's progression problems weren't the only issues surrounding the game, EA made one of the worst statements becoming Reddits most downvoted post of all time stating their hope was “to provide players with a sense of pride and accomplishment for unlocking different heroes.”
On top of all this, EA's CFO, Blake Jorgensen also made a statement about why they won't switch their loot boxes from ability-based to purely cosmetic. Here is what he said: "The one thing we’re very focused on and [Lucasfilm are] extremely focused on is not violating the canon of Star Wars. Darth Vader in white probably doesn’t make sense, versus in black. Not to mention you probably don’t want Darth Vader in pink. No offense to pink, but I don’t think that’s right in the canon."
Naturally, this angered quite a lot of fans considering the game's multiplayer already violates quite a lot of canon anyway. So, it's no surprise a modder who goes by the name of Destauch created a pink Darth Vader mod available on Nexus Mods for the PC version of the game reported by IGN. Take a look at the skin below:
Other modders have also created some "canon-breaking" skins including the epic Kylo Ran as Matt the radar technician mod inspired by the hilarious 2016 Adam Driver Star Wars Undercover Boss-themed SNL skit. The emergence of these funny and fan-favorite mods make us wonder if EA will change their minds about adding cosmetic loot boxes for purchase to the game.
As of December, EA is still unsure if they are going to bring back certain microtransactions they removed from the game, so this may be the time for EA to have a little fun with Star Wars and add some cool new skins fans can purchase for fun.
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