Battlefront II microtransactions are returning, but are restricted to cosmetics this time

Battlefront II microtransactions are returning, but are restricted to cosmetics this time

Furthermore, crates will no longer include Star Cards and will not be purchased.

Individual preferences aside, many gamers seem to agree video game publisher Electronic Arts (EA) took things too far with the launch of Star Wars: Battlefront II previous year. The spokesperson also confirmed paid cosmetic items will be offered for direct purchase and not sold through randomized loot boxes.

All of these changes, besides the new cosmetic items, will go into effect in just a couple of days, on March 21, 2018.

Electronic Arts on Friday announced big changes to the design and business model of "Star Wars Battlefront II".

On the progression side of things, Battlefront II is taking a page out of other first-person shooter books, providing leveling and skill points as you play a specific class.

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Don't get it wrong, the loot crates will still be a part of the game but the pressure to utilize them and pay real cash for them has essentially been permanently left in the dust. You can read EA's official statement on the update here. Though Star Wars Battlefront II rectified the lack of content problem the original suffered from, the game failed when it came to meaningful progression.

A recent blog post on the EA website outlines how microtransactions will now work in Battlefront II. Each time you level up, you get a Skill Point to unlock new Star Cards or upgrade ones you already have.

The first new batch of appearances are said to be coming soon, meaning players will be able to equip new looks for heroes and troopers directly by using either Credits (earned in-game) or Crystals (available to purchase in-game or through first-party stores). Instead of being the cornerstone of progression however, they are being relegated to only containing cosmetic rewards: emotes, victory poses, etc.

Your existing items will remain, however, once the update arrives - players don't have to worry about losing their weapons, Star Cards, heroes, or other in-game items.

EA plans to introduce a number of new modes to Star Wars Battlefront II in the coming months, with some of them being "radically different than anything you've experienced in the game before". Thus, this new change will heavily impact new players, but shouldn't break the experience if matchmaking in multiplayer does its job. Many people boycotted the game as a result, some even reaching out to Disney in an effort to disrupt its relationship with the game company.

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