Star Wars Battlefront 2's Heroes Aren't Actually Behind a Paywall

No, you can't just buy Darth Vader or Luke Skywalker.

News by Kat Bailey, .

EA has found itself in the midst of another controversy, this time around Star Wars Battlefront 2's heroes.

As Mike wrote this morning, Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, the Emperor, and Iden Versio all cost 40,000 to 60,000 credits to unlock, which one Redditor calculated will take upwards of 80 hours to unlock.

Because of Battlefront 2's connection to loot boxes, this has led Kotaku among others to incorrectly report that you can purchase the heroes with real money or spend hours grinding for them.

In fact, there's no way to buy your way into Battlefront 2's locked heroes. They are not available in the online store or in loot boxes, and credits cannot be purchased separately. The only way to acquire them is through pure grinding.

Now, this is a separate issue by itself. They are meant to be "prestige characters" in some sense; but with loot boxes costing between 2000 and 4000 credits each, it's tough to save up for them. That's theoretically where real money can come in to save some time. EA has dug themselves quite the hole in that regard.

But as for actually being able to straight up buy Vader and Luke, that's not actually possible. They're meant to be special endgame heroes awarded to those who have put dozens of hours into the multiplayer. Whether that's the right approach is a whole different question.

More thoughts in the review later today. Star Wars Battlefront 2 will be out later this week.

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  • Avatar for phatcorns #1 phatcorns 4 months ago
    So you can buy loot boxes, which give you a possibility of getting the characters? Is that how it works?
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  • Avatar for Kat.Bailey #2 Kat.Bailey 4 months ago
    @phatcorns They aren't available in loot boxes. Loot boxes give you Star Cards, emotes, victory poses, and crafting parts.
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  • Avatar for meta-mark #3 meta-mark 4 months ago

    Lootboxes: Gambling, but for kids!
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  • Avatar for KD #4 KD 4 months ago
    Loot boxes give a low amount of credits for duplicates I think Kotaku meant.
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  • Avatar for KaiserWarrior #5 KaiserWarrior 4 months ago
    You can't buy heroes.

    But you can buy lootboxes, which would otherwise be a credit sink, which frees up your credits to be used for heroes instead.

    I'll give EA one thing, their PR weasels sure know how to put just enough spin on the system so that they can technically be telling the truth when saying you can't buy heroes.

    But nobody that thinks about it for more than a few seconds is being fooled, here.
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