After the backlash that ensued after the Star Wars Battlefront II beta, in relation to loot crates and the game potentially being pay to win, EA have now detailed changes that they’ve made to make the game less pay to win.
Basically, Epic Star Cards which are the highest tier of star cards have now been removed from loot crates. You’ll now be able to get these from crafting. They’ve also changed upgrading star cards to the point where you’ll now need to reach certain ranks to be able to upgrade them. Weapons are now also being locked behind specific milestones.
EA have also reaffirmed the fact that all post release content will be free. This includes weapons, maps, heroes and vehicles.
The full list of changes are below:
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.