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Revamped Progression Coming to Battlefront II

EA has today announced that it has revamped the progression in Battlefront II, following the widespread criticism of its latest Star Wars instalment released last year.

EA and DICE turned off the microtransactions in Battlefront II in November last year, and has been taking its time to reconsider its position. The new system removes any possibility of players purchasing items that will affect gameplay. Instead, only cosmetic items are available for purchase, similar to Battlefield 1 and Rocket League.

If you've already purchased these things, they won't be lost - you just won't be able to buy more gameplay-altering items in the future. It'll all be handled through experience and Star Cards, which is how it should have always been.

Instead of paraphrasing, here is exactly what EA and DICE will be changing:

  • With this update, progression is now linear. Star Cards, or any other item impacting gameplay, will only be earned through gameplay and will not be available for purchase. Instead, you’ll earn experience points for the classes, hero characters, and ships that you choose to play in multiplayer. If you earn enough experience points to gain a level for that unit, you'll receive one Skill Point that can be used to unlock or upgrade the eligible Star Card you'd like to equip.

  • You'll keep everything you’ve already earned and unlocked. You will keep all of the Star Cards, heroes, weapons, or anything else you have already earned. What you have earned will still be available to use with this update regardless of how much or little progress you have already made.

  • Crates no longer include Star Cards and cannot be purchased. Crates are earned by logging in daily, completing Milestones, and through timed challenges. Inside of these crates, you'll find Credits or cosmetic items, such as emotes or victory poses, but nothing that impacts gameplay.

  • Starting in April, you’ll be able to get appearances directly through in-game Credits or Crystals. The first new appearances are coming soon, meaning you'll be able to grab new looks for your heroes and troopers directly by using either Credits (earned in-game) or Crystals (available to purchase in-game and through first-party stores). If you’ve ever dreamed of being a part of the Resistance as a Rodian, your chance is right around the corner.

I'm sure most will agree that this is exactly how the game should have released last year. Is this enough to get players back to the game, when these changes launch on March 21st?

Star Wars: Battlefront II released in November last year for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

James Martin

James Martin

Senior Staff Writer

IT technician by trade. Probably running around turning everything on and off again.

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