An Open Letter to EA on Titanfall

Dear Electronic Arts,

I’m going to keep this as short and as simple as possible. You have some damn good games in your collection, but when I say games, I think what I really mean is “game ideas.” You lack the ability to take an amazing idea, like Battlefield 4 and Dungeon Keeper,and transform them into the game that everybody is playing, and I’m scared you’re going to do the same with Titanfall.

Titanfall is a great idea that has caught the attention of every single gamer I know. We played the beta/demo and we loved it! Check out my beta review here if you’re curious where I’d make changes, but other than what is said there, it’s a damn good game and could very well be the next Call of Duty – and by that I mean, the game everyone is playing, recording, streaming etc.

Here’s what we think you might do, that you really, really, really, shouldn’t do:

Day One DLC

Actually, day one DLC is completely fine…so long as I don’t have to pay for it!

If your developers have finished the game development and started shipping it and then want to start working on more content which is ready before the release date – AWESOME! But I will not be paying for it!

Micro transactions

I know you think this is the next big thing in gaming, for every game to let you get a little boost by chipping into your wallet, let me give you some inside information…IT REALLY, REALLY ISN’T!!!

People hate micro transactions like the plague and your game will NOT succeed if you include these, they ruin gameplay and people stop playing because they’re fed up of not getting anywhere because of people who spend money on the game.

Don’t try to pull that whole, “Oh, but you don’t have to put money into the game” because you know exactly what I mean!

Paying for content already “on the disk”

If I buy the disk for this game (or get the digital download) for say $50, I want to access EVERYTHING on that disk, because that is what I have paid for. People have looked at the source code and have found evidence of at least 14 different maps…do NOT screw us over again!

Releasing an incomplete game

We know you have the date set for March 11th and you have already whetted our appetites, but if the game is not ready then it is not ready. I would rather wait another month or 2 and get to play a properly polished game.

Sure people will be annoyed at a delay, but they will be more annoyed at an incomplete game. Learn from BF4!

These are just a few of the things you need to be aware of.

Good luck with Titanfall! You’ve p*ssed everyone off, but you can win them back with this!
Jake
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