Following Star Wars: Battlefront 2's Beta Ending, EA Has Addressed Loot Box Concerns

Following Star Wars: Battlefront 2's Beta Ending, EA Has Addressed Loot Box Concerns

"As a balance goal, we’re working towards having the most powerful items in the game only earnable via in-game achievements."

Fresh off the Star Wars: Battlefront 2 beta, the big thing on players' minds was the game's usage of loot boxes. Loot boxes, it appeared from the beta, were directly tied to progression, alluding to slight pay-to-win scenarios. EA and DICE weren't oblivious to the outrage, and have addressed the concerns in a recent blog post wrapping up the beta.

EA assures players that they're hearing concerns over loot boxes and more regarding progression, and clarified the system players will find in the final game (since the beta was only a small sliver of it). Below you'll find what they listed on their blog.

  • There are many things you can earn in the game, including weapons, attachments, credits, Star Cards, Emotes, Outfits and Victory Poses.
  • As a balance goal, we’re working towards having the most powerful items in the game only earnable via in-game achievements.
  • Crates will include a mix of of Star Cards, Outfits, Emotes or Victory Poses.
  • Players earn crates by completing challenges and other gameplay milestones, or by purchasing them with in-game credits or Crystals, our premium currency.
  • If you get a duplicate Star Card in a crate, you will get crafting parts which you can then use to help upgrade the Star Card of your choice.
  • And lastly, you have to earn the right to be able to upgrade Star Cards and unlock most Weapons. You can only upgrade or unlock them if you have reached a high enough rank, which is determined by playing the game.

The second point, regarding players' concerns over players being able to buy the most powerful gear with no work involved, was clarified as not being the case by EA. "We also have heard some players are looking for a way to play where all players will have the same set of Star Cards with flattened values," writes EA. "Like everything else, we will be continually making necessary changes to ensure the game is fun for everyone. We will work to make sure the system is balanced both for players who want to earn everything, as well as for players who are short on time and would like to move faster in their progress towards various rewards."

EA and DICE don't have too long to make stark changes to the game after receiving player feedback, but the blog insists they'll do their best. In the meantime, Star Wars: Battlefront 2 will be released on November 17th for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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Caty McCarthy

Senior Editor

Caty McCarthy is a former freelance writer whose work has appeared in Kill Screen, VICE, The AV Club, Kotaku, Polygon, and IGN. When she's not blathering into a podcast mic, reading a book, or playing a billion video games at once, she's probably watching Terrace House or something. She is currently USgamer's Senior Editor.

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