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EA Revises Loot Boxes And Progression for Star Wars Battlefront II After Outcry
Star Wars Battlefront II had an open beta and most of the players are not happy with it- for good reason. Battlefront II will still include the use of Star Cards to augment your loadouts, but this time the Cards are obtainable in loot boxes. Even worse, the progression is solely dependent on loot boxes.
That meant people who are spending real money can open more boxes that contains significantly better cards, or can breeze through the progression by crafting the many duplicate cards to get better cards much faster than normal progression.
In this video below, YouTuber TotalBiscuit demonstrates how the loot boxes worked in the open beta of Battlefront II:
EA has since took the feedback to heart, and has impose some limitations to the loot boxes- Crates as its called in-game. Here are the tweaks to the progression and Crates, as seen in on the official site:
- 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.
This should be more in line with the Battlefield games where levelling up will unlock more weapons and loadout options.
Star Wars Battlefront II will be out on November 17 for the PS4, PC and Xbox One.