The Number One: Developer gets death threats from fans annoyed with new Star Wars videogame

BigSean66, according to his Twitter profile, is an EA developer who likes surfing, mixed martial arts, classic rock and fine whiskey.

His dislikes include people who threaten to kill him.

He’s referring to the wicked backlash Electronic Arts EA, -0.66%  has received ahead of its release of “Star Wars: Battlefront II,” due out on Friday. The videogame is currently playable for EA and Origin Access members on Xbox One and PC.

Specifically, and perhaps only we videogame nerds would get this, fans of the popular series are complaining about how long it takes/how expensive it is to unlock the film’s iconic characters. They took to Reddit — where else — to sound off.

One guy was freaking out because he determined that it would take 40 hours of game play to earn enough credits to unlock the likes of Luke Skywalker. He even created a spreadsheet to make his point.

There are, of course, shortcuts. Expensive short cuts. One player said he paid an additional $80 to unlock Darth Vader.

“This is a joke… this age of ‘microtransactions’ has gone way too far,” he said.

Plenty of parents can relate to the nightmare of microtransactions. Those kinds of in-game purchases can really add up if a child is allowed to link his account to his parent’s credit card. Apple AAPL, -0.40%  has issued many a refund to outraged moms and dads over the years for this.

EA’s response on the Reddit thread didn’t help.

“The intent is to provide players with a sense of pride and accomplishment for unlocking different heroes,” it said. “We appreciate the candid feedback, and the passion the community has put forth around the current topics here on Reddit, our forums and across numerous social media outlets.”

Wonder if EA appreciates the negative 314,000 points it has received so far for what has been hailed as the most downvoted Reddit comment of all time.

The feedback from that comment ranged from “hey, f**k you guys,” to “No. Your intent is to frustrate users into buying characters with cash. People are getting wise to your loot box, microtransaction predatory bullshit.”

The outrage wasn’t confined to Reddit. It spilled over on to Twitter, too:

Meanwhile, BigSean66 is at least finding some comfort in the fickle arms of social media:

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