Star Wars Battlefront II’s controversial progressions system is officially being changed following the beta release, with the game’s publisher Electronic Arts outlining what players can expect to find in the full release.
In a post on its official website, EA said it looked over feedback from beta participants and made several changes to the loot crate system in Star Wars Battlefront II. Epic Star Cards — essentially powerful upgrades that give players an advantage in combat — have been removed from crates altogether. Players will now need to reach a certain rank in order to craft upgraded Star Cards.
While there will still be some weapons available in crates, most will now only be acquired by playing the game (a novel concept, we know), with each one locked behind specific milestones. Players will also be able to unlock class-specific items and gear by playing as that class, with specific milestones granting them crates for that particular class.
This news follows weeks of intense backlash against EA for Star Wars Battlefront II’s loot crate system, which has been labelled as “pay-to-win” given the in-game power-ups that could be unlocked in the crates.
Here’s a rundown of the changes being made, courtesy of EA:
- Epic Star Cards, the highest tier of Star Cards available at launch, have been removed from Crates. To help keep everyone on a level playing field, these Star Cards will primarily be available through crafting, with the exception of special Epic Star Cards available through pre-order, deluxe, and starter packs.
- You’ll need to reach a certain rank to craft upgraded Star Cards. You won’t be able to buy a bunch of Crates, grind everything up into crafting materials, and immediately use them to get super powerful Star Cards. You can only upgrade the ability to craft higher tier Star Cards by ranking up through playing the game.
- Weapons are locked behind specific milestones. While a select few will be found in Crates, the rest can only be attained by play. Want to unlock a new weapon for your Heavy? Play as a Heavy and you’ll gain access to the class’s new weapons.
- Class-specific gear and items can be unlocked by playing as them. As you progress through your favorite class, you’ll hit milestones granting you class-specific Crates. These will include a mix of Star Cards and Crafting Parts to benefit your class’s development.
Star Wars Battlefront II launches on November 17.
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