To say that the progression system and loot crates in Star Wars Battlefront II
attracted some controversy is putting it mildly, so much so that the game's loot box system was drastically altered
before the game had even been released. Since its release, a series of updates has looked at altering the game's progression system, including reduced prices for heroes
, the complete removal of microtransactions
, and changes to the credits that players could earn
. Now, EA has announced a major update that's coming later this month and it will make major changes to the in-game progression system, including linear progression and the complete removal of premium loot crates.
Firstly, player progression will be completely linear. Anything that impacts gameplay, such as Star Cards, will only be earned through gameplay and will no longer be purchaseable. After each game, players will earn experience for the classes, hero characters, and ships that were used in that match. Once enough experience is earned so that the unit levels up, a Skill Point will be awarded — these can be used to unlock/upgrade a Star Card. Anything that a player has earned before these changes take effect will remain in players' inventories, including Star Cards, heroes and weapons.
As Star Cards will only be earned through gameplay, they will no longer be included in crates. In fact, nothing that affects gameplay will be found in the crates. Instead, crates will include Credits or cosmetic items, like emotes or victory poses. Players can get crates by logging in every day, and completing Milestones and timed challenges. They can no longer be purchased using real currency.
All of the above changes will arrive as part of the suitably named Progression Update on March 21st. Beginning in April, microtransactions will start to reappear and will take the form of appearances. These are new looks for heroes and troopers, and they can be purchased using Credits earned in-game or Crystals purchased using real currency.
EA has also promised that more balance patches are on their way in the future. These will add gameplay improvements like new game modes. More details will be revealed in the coming months.This game was featured in our The Best Xbox First Person Shooters Available in 2018 article. Why not check it out to see what else made the cut?