Fan pushback against Star Wars Battlefront II‘s loot box system has paid off, as publisher EA has announced it’s reworking which goods are acquirable through crates.
After the recent conclusion of the game’s multiplayer beta, the developer fielded a substantial amount of community feedback. A good portion of this feedback focused on the game’s questionable, potentially pay-to-win loot box (aka Crate) system, which has prompted the developer to readjust how items can be earned. The finalized format for Crate rewards was recently posted to the game’s official blog as follows:
- 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.”
These adjustments to Crate rewards should mitigate concerns surrounding one of the game’s multiplayer currencies, Crystals. Crystals are purchased with real money, and while the currency can still presumably be used to buy Crates, it appears that the goods players net from this won’t give them a competitive edge like before.
Star Wars Battlefront II is slated to launch November 17th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. For all we know about the game, check out EGM’s complete guide to Battlefront II.
Source: EA- Star Wars Battlefront II