The Star Wars Battlefront II beta is over and while many had from blasting enemies, there was a lot of attention paid to the loot boxes. Judging by the way loot boxes were handled in the beta, Battlefront II had the ripe aroma of a pay to win game. With the beta over it looks like all of the attention paid to the loot boxes is being addressed with some changes to what appears in loot boxes and ways of earning them other than inserting your credit card.
The blog post details the changes:
- 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 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.
So you can earn Star Cards outside of loot boxes, there is a crafting system to make Star Cards you really want and the best items in the game take some earning instead of a lucky roll of the dice. The loot boxes are here to stay, it seems, but hopefully, that pay to win stench isn’t prevalent in the final release.