The beta for the Star Wars Battlefront 2 has finally come to an end. The Developers DICE and publisher Electronic Arts are processing community feedback from the multiplayer test — particularly around the game’s controversial implementation of loot boxes and player progression.In Battlefront 2, loot crates contain a number of different items, including objects for crafting, in-game currency and something called Star Cards. As Electronic Arts explained back in June, these offer upgraded versions of basic stats and abilities for the multiplayer mode. Star Cards are crucial for anyone who wants to develop the most powerful characters and ships possible, but they’re only obtainable through random loot drops.
Players can purchase loot crates outright using the currency, called credits; crates cost 1,100 credits each. And, as is typical in these types of games, people really set on upgrading as fast as possible have the option to buy them with real cash and get it over with instead of going to need to do it with progress.
After this issue was raised by players the developers addressed in the thank you note of the beta it was one of the main points discussed by the “Rest assured, we’re continuing to listen to you coming out of Beta,” the developers wrote on the thanks you note. “We’re taking a look at some of the most discussed topics, from Crates and progression to Strike mode (which we’re considering changing to a best of three), the Specialist’s Infiltration ability (which might be a little too overpowered) and more. Oh, and the First Order Flametrooper needs some work — we agree he could use a little more… firepower…”
In its post, DICE and EA specifically address concerns about crates and progression, saying that “the complete system was not in the Beta and will continue to be tuned over time.”
“As a balanced goal, we’re working towards having the most powerful items in the game only earnable via in-game achievements,” EA and DICE said. The post went on to clarify exactly what will be in Battlefront 2’s crates and how players can upgrade the game’s Star Cards.
- 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.
DICE and EA said they’re working on ways “to ensure the game is fun for everyone,” and that they’ll be balancing the game over time.
“We will work to make sure the system is balanced both for players who want to earn everything, as well as for players who are short on time and would like to move faster in their progress towards various rewards,” they said.
Star Wars Battlefront 2 will be released on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One on Nov. 17.