If nothing had happened but a minor boycott of MTX until the credit rates were fairer and/or the loot boxes were changed so that you could purchase progression more directly (for example) then what we’d have is the following…
- Buy SW:BF2 for $60.
- Probably buy maybe $10-$20 of stuff to quick-step your way to the items and bits you want
- Regardless of whether you spend more at 2, now grind and enjoy the game
- More content gets released, everyone enjoys new maps, new modes and twists on modes, new challenges and arcade scenarios.
If this gamer in this scenario paid like above then they would be paying $80 for one year of play, or $40 per year for two years, or $20 per year for three years, or (skipping for maths simplicity) $10 per year for six years of play.
So right now, assuming that the crazy hadn’t happened, a gamer could enjoy 6 years of development (hypothetically, not saying EA would have gone that route but I believe they would have if the MTX provided them with the ongoing stability of finances they are looking for) and for that 6 years only have paid somewhere in the region of $80 on the game. Hell, they could have waited for a sale and got the game for $30 and never bought an MTX and just do the grind for all that time, absolute bargain.
Now, while gamers are hailing victory, for EA to make their money on an expensive license they’ll need to release SW:BF3, probably in 3 years time. The dev team will go from one that is excitedly working with a community on new content to one being put under crunch after crunch to deliver a new title that is just different enough to warrant buying it. The game will come out again at $60, and so after 6 years of play (3 years on each game) the gamer pays $120.
The gamer has lost out on multiple levels, the dev teams are worked in a more negative way, the support for the game moves from a guaranteed ongoing practice to one that doesn’t matter because the focus is on the next release (roll on SW:BF4 after that, after all) and gamers that were enjoying SW:BF2 get left behind as everyone migrates to a new game instead of everyone pooling and growing a community on one.
The dumbest. Ever.