- Battlefront II Progressions & Achievement systems are being changed
- EA Moving away from gameplay-enhancing rewards from lootboxes.
- Now adopting a model of cosmetically-enhancing lootbox rewards, Microtransactions added back into the game.
An update has been announced for Battlefront II that aims to resolve the issues the game had on launch. Announced on Saturday and releasing on March 21st at 5 AM PT, Star Wars: Battlefront II will receive its 2.0 Rollout with a scheduled patch.
Players of the Game should be advised that there will be four hours of network down-time between 7:50 UTC/12:50 AM PT and 12:00 UTC/5:00 AM PT on March 21st – this is an expected return time of the service.
The EA Website reads that the Battlefront II team has ‘been hard at work making changes based on your (the players) feedback to create a better game for all our players’. The post on the website says that the update includes a ‘complete re-design of the in-game progression system’.
The post furthers that there ‘are also some additional changes coming to the cosmetics in the game’. Players can now acquire cosmetics through lootboxes or by buying them with in-game currency.
The update comes welcome, after a Battlefront II Reddit post, posted shortly after the games release, asserted that the Pay to Win model ensured a sense of ‘Pride and Accomplishment’ – this being the most down-voted Reddit post of all time.
The changes to the star card and item systems include an experience system for ‘classes, hero characters and ships that you choose to play in multiplayer’.
Essentially, the team has added individual levelling systems for different elements of the online mode, using a skill point system to upgrade parts of the class, hero or ship.
It reads clear that players that have already unlocked items will ‘keep everything… … already earned and unlocked’. Crates no longer include star cards and elements that can have an effect on gameplay, and can no longer be purchased.
It seems that EA and the Battlefront II development team have seen the rough release of the game in late 2017 as a learning lesson, bringing back the microtransaction system after quickly retracting it to satisfy the consumer base.
The website post reads on to say that ‘These changes are a major step as we continue to improve the core of the game and add new content. And there’s a lot more to come… … in the following weeks’.
The hope is that this redesigned progression system bodes well for EA’s next releases, after Battlefront II’s reception became largely a massive disappointment.
The update will drop on March 21st, at about 5AM PT.