Star Wars Battlefront II Controversy Affects EA Stock and NFS Payback

GameSpot notes that while EA's share price is way up year-to-date, it took a hit following the controversy over microtransactions in Star Wars Battlefront II, saying it was down about 2.5% the day of the launch of the action game. Also, GamesIndustry.biz notes a post on reddit signaling EA is also changing how progression works in Need for Speed Payback, which seems to be an attempt to head off more controversy. Here's what they are changing in the recently released driving game:
Hey Everyone, bit of an update for you.

As you’ve seen from previous updates recently, we’ve been working on improving your experience with the progression.

We’ve been using Community feedback, along with our own in-game data and have come up with a number of changes, many of which are in the process of going live. Our aim with these changes is to make the progression, especially around the ownership of cars a much more enjoyable experience.

If you're currently playing the game while reading this, please restart in order for the changes to come into effect.

  • Increased the amount of REP awarded by taking part in events.
  • Increased the amount of Bank awarded by taking part in events.
  • Bait crates now reward increased REP.
  • Bait crates now reward increased Bank.
  • Competing against a Roaming Racer will reward you with increased REP.
  • Competing against a Roaming Racer will reward you with increased Bank.
  • Air Suspension will now appear more frequently within Shipments.
  • Slightly increased REP and Bank for finishing an event outside of first place.

Today’s changes are just phase one and we have further tweaks coming. Coming shortly will be some changes to the way tune-up shops work, especially around the quality / level of parts they stock. More on that soon.

It is worth noting that we do encourage you to recycle your speed cards for tokens. Targeted rolls are a very good alternative to tune-up shops. Definitely worth buying out the parts from the tune-up shop and recycling them.

Previous Changes

  • Decreased the time it takes for new parts to appear in Tune-Up shops, down from 30mins to 10mins.
  • Increased rate in which parts are rewarded within Ranked Speedlists.

As always, keep the feedback coming. Have a great weekend and we'll see you in Fortune Valley.