EA and DICE respond to Star Wars Battlefront II’s loot box problem

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Loot boxes. They’re like a gamble in a crate, only they’re not, shut up and give me more money. Just about every big game on the horizon has some form of treasure in a cube on the way, although mercifully Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is steering clear of the idea of introducing Luft Boxes to its own audience of Nazi-punchers.

Star Wars Battlefront II’s loot boxes however, may just be the worst of the lot. The recent multiplayer beta revealed a system which is very much built on paying to win, offering easy access to perks and player progression if the sound of your coin is just right. That has of course resulted in an uproar from fans, players who aren’t happy that a recommended retail price investment also offers anyone with a few dollars more an easy leg up. “Rest assured, we’re continuing to listen to you coming out of Beta,” developers DICE wrote on the Battlefront 2 website.

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…

We know you have a lot of questions about Crates and progression, so we want to clarify a few things, as the complete system was not in the Beta and will continue to be tuned over time:

  • 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 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.

The real question is how quickly DICE and EA can implement changes before launch. With just over a month to go, that’s a tight window to squeeze through. Honestly, aside from the idea of loot boxes being dropped entirely, I don’t foresee much being done to help assuage any fears of the core game being diluted in favour of some quick and cheap trendy microtransactions.

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Last Updated: October 13, 2017

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  • They burned me with Mass Effect for the last time. No amount of Star Wars fanboyism will make me buy this game.

    • Ir0nseraph

      It looks good, but I will wait for the price drop on special before I will have a look.

      • Hammersteyn

        Super special and only for the single player.

        • Ir0nseraph

          Indeed but Destiny 2 is turning our Co-op clan towards PvP , dangerous times 🙂

          • Hammersteyn

            Inorite? Me and Craig and Sage mopped the floor in Iron Banner last night, save for one match. There is something disturbing in the force.

          • Nikola

            Yeah Destiny 2 PvP is awesome even I am playing on dally basis and I haaaate PVP:)

    • Nikola

      Dude!! THis !!! Could not agree with you, I don’t understand how could they stuff up such a great franchise….

  • Hammersteyn
    • Original Heretic

      Seizure warning!!!!

  • Hammersteyn

    EA is very clever, I bet they knew people would be pissed off with the Beta. It’s easier to say sorry then ask for permission. But they’ve probably harpooned a few whales in the process. So now people will start defending EA while the whales will start dropping cash just as soon as the game goes live.

  • ReverendFunk

    Do you see what happens. All these people who defend cosmetic loot boxes. You see what you get?!?!

    Never underestimate the greed of these developers. They will ram all this crap down our throats if there isn’t a massive push back.

  • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire
  • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    This multiplayer bullshit needs to stop.

    Go outside and play paintball. It’s cheaper, more fun, exercise, fresh air, real friendships.

    • Hammersteyn

      I no run so good. Plus the cover available isn’t adequate for my frame. I’d rather play SP games.

      • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

        What kind of arenas are you playing in lol

        • Hammersteyn

          One with trees and wooden cover, but the trees are thin and the cover scarce. Think of Gimli trying to fight Legolas in the woods, only Gimli is 6ft tool and still as wide.

          • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire


            Why don’t you just bring a riot shield then?

            Whoooaaa I think we stumbled onto a new trend here

          • Hammersteyn

            I could actually, think I’ll rip the door of the porta potty and use that.

          • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

            You’ll lose all your teammates that way

  • Xx_-Gaben_of_Gamen-_xX


    Hopefully, the British will do what’s right and stop this shit.

  • HairyEwok

    Sorry EA but wtf…. people can STILL buy crates that will STILL give them cards and if they get doubles they get crafting parts that they then can use to upgrade the card of choice (so basically buy a shitload of crates, recycle the dupes and upgrade the star cards you want to use)…… And level cap on cards is bs…… give it a few weeks and EA will reveal the booster packs that will give you quicker leveling…… No matter what you say your crate system is flawed and pay to win.

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