Star Wars Battlefront 2 is overhauling its controversial loot system in a drastic way, redesigning progression so that any items that impact gameplay, like Star Cards and loot crates, can no longer be purchased using real money. The only items players will be able to purchase will be cosmetic items that only changes your character's appearance.
With the new update, EA says that progression in Star Wars Battlefront 2 is now linear. Star Cards, or any items that impact gameplay can only be earned through playing the game and will not be available for purchase. Instead, experience points can be earned for classes, hero characters, and ships which after a certain amount will unlock a level for that unit. If you level up, you'll receive a Skill Point that can be used to unlock or upgrade a Star Card that you've equipped.
If you already have Star Cards prior to the update, EA says that you can keep all of them, along with any heroes, weapons, or anything else you've earned. All items that you've earned can be used after the update and will follow the new progression system.
Crates were another big sticking point, and players will find that after the update crates will also no longer be available for purchase. Instead, Crates will be earned via daily login bonuses, milestone completions, or timed challenges. The prizes within crates will no longer include gameplay altering items like Star Cards, only credits, or cosmetic items like emotes or poses.
Lastly, starting in April EA and DICE will begin introducing new appearances, so you can change the look of your heroes or troopers. New appearances can be purchased directly using in-game currency like Credits, or Crystals which can be purchased using real money.
The progression update is slated for March 21, while appearances will start being available in April. EA says that after the progression update, there will be even more new content coming to the game like balance patches and new game modes like one called "Jetpack Cargo."
When Star Wars Battlefront 2 first launched in November 2017, the game kicked off a huge wave of controversy over its loot crate system which players decried as "pay-to-win." Meaning that the system in Battlefront 2 allowed it so that players could essentially buy power-ups in the game that would make them more powerful than someone who just plays the game without spending any money.
Even after EA removed paid loot crates as a result of the backlash, the controversy was such that governments began investigating video game loot boxes to determine if they were considred gambling. State governments like Hawaii's even introduced legislation to block the sale of video games with loot boxes to anyone under the age of 21.
EA appears to be pulling a complete u-turn on its loot box practices. Not only is the new Star Wars Battlefront 2 system completely devoid of paid loot boxes, but other EA games like the upcoming Battlefield 5 are rumored to feature cosmetic-only loot boxes as a direct result of the controversy.
Time will tell if players embrace EA's overhauled loot progression system in Star Wars Battlefront 2. Sales for the game fell short of industry expectations and EA stock tumbled as a result of the controversy and it will take a lot to win players' trust back. But EA's changes announced today sound like a good step in the right direction. The changes will take place on March 21.
For more on on EA's game, check out our Star Wars Battlefront 2 review or head over to our Star Wars Battlefront 2 guide. Over there you'll find a guide to the best weapons in Star Wars Battlefront 2 and a look at the heroes and villains in Star Wars Battlefront 2.