EA Responds to Star Wars Battlefront II's Hero Unlock Estimates

EA Responds to Star Wars Battlefront II's Hero Unlock Estimates

Star Wars: Battlefront 2 received plenty of negative feedback from the gaming community during its beta phase over the implementation of loot boxes in the game.

The intent is to provide players with a sense of pride and accomplishment for unlocking different heroes.

A user on Reddit pointed out that, in the game's current state, it can take up to 40 hours for players to unlock just one hero, regardless of the player's skill. The Battlefront II thread, now locked to prevent anyone else from commenting, is largely full of players expressing their displeasure, to put it lightly. For reference, each trooper loot box costs 4,000 credits, with hero and starfighter boxes coming in at under 2,500 credits each. The only way to acquire them is through pure grinding.

We selected initial values based upon data from the Open Beta and other adjustments made to milestone rewards before launch. However, these issues stem from another blog post by EA that revealed all sorts of things that didn't settle well with fans.

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In response to the community team's declaration that they want players to feel "pride and accomplishment", one user said: "Wow that is a frightful response". In an attempt to quell the response from fans, the EA Community Team created a Reddit post on the StarWarsBattlefront subreddit explaining the rationale behind their content unlock decisions.

Completing all of the challenges in the game will earn you 32,400 credits - which is enough to unlock Iden (20K credits), but not enough for Chewbacca, Leia, or Palpatine (40K each), and definitely not enough for Darth Vader or Luke (60K each). Seeing right through the canned response that this is, Reddit users have showered that post in downvotes - at the time of this writing, it's at 388,000 downvotes and still falling.

It's great to have a no-charge way to pick up extra characters in a game that already costs $60, but when actually doing so is such a comparatively daunting task, it's understandable that some gamers would feel like it's little more than the appearance of offering the characters for free that EA is going for. Basically, the thread broke down the amount of time it would take to unlock certain things in the game by just playing and not spending additional money. Underneath, you'll also find videos on the Galactic Assault, Strike, and Arcade modes. Not being able to play as central Star Wars characters in a game exclusively focused on playing as central Star Wars characters unless you unlock them after dozens of hours of gameplay or paying a fee is not a great way to foster loyalty and admiration. We will provide more details and updates as we can. It's possible we might see another change with the system in the days before the official launch.

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