When the Star Wars Battlefront 2 beta came to an end, some people said “Oh my, it’s so pretty, look how the petals fall on the streets of Theed!”. Everyone else said “This loot crate progression system is sinful, EA we hate you“, and then threw their XboxStation 4’s into a canal out of sheer disgust. Well, you can consider fishing your console out of the water again, because EA has listened and done something about it.

The issue centred around Star Cards and the crafting system which made it really hard to progress without flashing some cash. A new post on the official page has outlined the changes, and while it’s still not perfect, it does look like things have improved since that fateful beta.

  • Epic Star Cards, the highest tier of Star Cards available at launch, have been removed from Crates. To help keep everyone on a level playing field, these Star Cards will primarily be available through crafting, with the exception of special Epic Star Cards available through pre-order, deluxe, and starter packs.
  • You’ll need to reach a certain rank to craft upgraded Star Cards. You won’t be able to buy a bunch of Crates, grind everything up into crafting materials, and immediately use them to get super powerful Star Cards. You can only upgrade the ability to craft higher tier Star Cards by ranking up through playing the game.
  • Weapons are locked behind specific milestones. While a select few will be found in Crates, the rest can only be attained by play. Want to unlock a new weapon for your Heavy? Play as a Heavy and you’ll gain access to the class’s new weapons.
  • Class-specific gear and items can be unlocked by playing as them. As you progress through your favorite class, you’ll hit milestones granting you class-specific Crates. These will include a mix of Star Cards and Crafting Parts to benefit your class’s development.

EA has also confirmed that all post-launch weapons, maps and more going forward will be free. Which sounds too good to be true – perhaps I should go read that sentence again…

“All upcoming weapons, maps, heroes, and vehicles introduced in Star Wars Battlefront II’s post-release content will be free so that players can play alongside friends as the world of Star Wars Battlefront II continues to grow.”

Okay, so yes, free content post-launch. Sounds like someone is trying to win back some fan support.

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