Possibly one of the major complaints from those who played the Star Wars Battlefront II beta (which we also touched upon), is the tendency of the game to be slanted to those willing to spend actual cash to get as many Star Cards as they want via loot crates, which can skew the multiplayer balance. While EA has already addressed some of the concerns, it seems the publisher wants to make things right.
Over on the game’s official site, a new update regarding Star Wars Battlefront II’s progression has been posted by EA, and it made some very welcome changes in terms of classes, and what they can unlock, as well as a significant change in how Star Cards can be obtained.
- 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.
These changes will be implemented at launch. EA has also mentioned that this system, as well as the other game mechanics, will be “continually iterated and improved.”
Star Wars Battlefront II is set to ship this November 17 for the PS4, Xbox One and PC, and is already in gold status. Make sure to check out the list of official maps in Galactic Assault mode as well to see what awaits in Battlefront II’s main multiplayer mode.