Revamped Progression System for Star Wars Battlefront 2 Revealed - No More Pay-to-Win

Written by Neil Soutter on Fri, Mar 16, 2018 4:59 PM
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They’ve taken their sweet ass time about it, but DICE has finally unveiled the revamped progression system for Star Wars Battlefront 2. And, well, it really doesn’t sound too bad at all. Yes, microtransactions are still in, but now they’re only going to be used for purchasing cosmetic items that can also be earned the old-fashion way, through normal gameplay for maximum pride and accomplishment.

First things first, progression in Star Wars Battlefront II is now completely linear. There will be no randomised unlocks or gameplay affecting perks in crates. Instead, players will earn experience points for the heroes, classes and ships they use. Leveling them up will earn a Skill Point that can be spent on unlocking or upgrading a Star Card of your choice. These Star Cards were previously only found in Battlefront 2’s loot crates. For current players, you’ll still keep everything you’ve unlocked so far. Every Star Card, Hero or weapon will still be yours to use.

Crates will still be in Star Wars Battlefront 2 but now they cannot be purchased with real money. Instead, crates are earned through daily logins, completing Milestones and through timed challenges. Inside the crates, there are only credits and cosmetic items such as new emotes or victory poses.

All of these changes to the progression will be rolling into SW: Battlefront 2 on March 21st. After this, in April, microtransactions will return. Players will be able to buy packs of Crystals which can then be spent on new appearances for Battlefront 2’s characters. This will be the only form of post-launch monetisation in Star Wars Battlefront II and these outfits can still be unlocked with Credits earned through gameplay.

“These changes are a major step as we continue to improve the core of the game and add new content,” writes DICE. “And there’s a lot more to come. In addition to continued balance patches, we will also add a number of modes to Star Wars Battlefront II in the coming months, offering several standout, brand-new ways to play. Some of these, like the recently released limited-time Jetpack Cargo, are radically different than anything you've experienced in the game before, and we're excited to surprise you with what we have planned.”

For the most part, this all sounds like a fantastic leap in the right direction, although it does still hinge on the smaller details. How long does it take to earn the necessary experience points? And how many credits do we need to buy new outfits? But, on the surface this a great move from EA. It’s personally left me stuck in a rut. Having skipped the game entirely due to the pay-to-win mechanics, am I sort of obligated to buy the game now and support DICE for fixing it? If this succeeds, it will certainly pave the way for how Battlefield V handles the tricky topic of microtransactions.

What do you think of the changes? Are you considering buying Star Wars Battlefront 2 once the progression changes are in place? Let us know!

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11:22 Mar-28-2018

I'm a huge star wars dork, and I had my share of fun with the classic battlefronts, but I'll not buy or play these new statements. EA is pretty good at ruined everything, Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Dead Space, Command & Conquer, the only two titles I love and EA didn't ruined them because marketing and releases dates already f#%@d those up, was Brutal Legends, and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning.

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01:46 Mar-26-2018

They screwed up Mass Effect now Star Wars, it's amazing how someone manages to screw up Star Wars. they even had everything going for them with holiday seasons coming and a new Star Wars movie coming out.

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18:57 Mar-20-2018

too late
I play battlefront 2 with the 10 hours trial offer
the game was already full of cheaters just few days after the release

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17:31 Mar-18-2018

look at the chart, It's a giant middle finger to EA.

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18:23 Mar-18-2018

its i just realized it hahahaha
u deserve a thumps up for pointing that out ''pointing''

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07:21 Mar-18-2018

to late ea i really regret buying this game and having on my origin account damage was done players with best cards are stronger then ever they got ability to go on insane kill strikes with heroes and just tank their credits and when he died he just grabed another hero

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23:02 Mar-17-2018

When will people realize that this series is just Battlefield with a Star Wars license glued to it?

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12:43 Mar-17-2018

when they initially pulled this crap they definitely lost a sale then and even if they backpeddle like they did now I wont support it still they pulled this initially to see what they can get away with turns out they couldn't get away with it now theyre going back and changing it and pretending theyre good guys and act like they listen and want there backs padded lol!!! this is ea they truly only care about money I wont be fooled

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10:00 Mar-17-2018

Kinda glad everyone is flocking to Fortnite Battle Royale, which is free to play. FN BR will put EA and this piece of sh!t SWBFII garbage out of OUR misery.

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09:46 Mar-17-2018

Damage is done though

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08:41 Mar-17-2018

If this linear EXP system is implemented into Anthem; then I might just it.

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02:21 Mar-17-2018

Nice try, EA. Still not gonna buy Battlefront 2 or any of your games.

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00:40 Mar-17-2018

For lot of people (me included) Battlefront 2 was the final nail in the coffin, after what they did to Titanfall 2 and Respawn I didn't really think they could sink lower, but they never cease to disgust.
The rewamp was solely due to the intense and richly deserved backlash. Band aid solutions don't earn my trust.

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22:45 Mar-16-2018

A - people who already bought it are pretty much done with the game and unlikely going to replay it as its not as if there's new content or incentive to pick it up again plus the whole thing that's before up untill this point


B - are there really going to be enough new players if any to restore its reputation or buy it having heard whats happened and what it was like to experience from their freinds - defiantly not


A failed game, kinda wish this was bf1 and they could really try again for a second game however how can EA really try again a third

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22:32 Mar-16-2018

I acid washed my hands after touching my friend's copy of BF2

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21:22 Mar-16-2018

It's too late.


No one (smart enough) is going to buy the game after what happened.

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21:40 Mar-16-2018

i cleaned my hands of ea after this

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21:19 Mar-16-2018

Will pick it up just for the campaign when it's about €2.99:-)

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21:25 Mar-16-2018

Honestly, spare your 2.99, campaign is not even worth that much.

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21:17 Mar-16-2018

too late reputation is gone
Press F to pay respects

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20:35 Mar-16-2018

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't EA specifically say that cosmetic items weren't in the game because that'd "mess with the cannon"?
But now, because you just need to have some kind of MT's in your premium games, they're all of a sudden acceptable?
A bunch of sly, greedy and lying sh*ts is what they are.
And no, MT's aren't good nor anything praiseworthy either.

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21:12 Mar-16-2018

That's correct, but they don't have anything else to put in their MTX. So they'll have to swallow what they said. XD

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20:18 Mar-16-2018

All hail TrumP!

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20:13 Mar-16-2018

I don't ****in care sad story it is!

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