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Old 03-18-2018, 09:24 AM   #1
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Star Wars Battlefront 2 Lootboxes Go Cosmetic Only, is it Too Little Too Late?


GamesRadar: After heavy criticism, Star War Battlefront 2 lootboxes go cosmetic only - but is it too little too late?

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In a perfect world, Star Wars Battlefront 2 would have been known for its gorgeous graphics, exciting gameplay, and an enjoyable single-player campaign. In the real world, any positives the game had going for it were quickly overshadowed by accusations of predatory and extreme implementation of lootboxes.

Publisher EA is taking steps to remedy that, and changes are set to go live on March 21. But now that the game has been out for several months, is it too little, too late? Let's take a look at what's changing in the Battlefront 2 Progression Update.

Linear progression

In our Battlefront 2 review, we called the game's progression system "confusing". In the original version of the game, players progressed through a combination of Star Cards (of which there were two types and four levels of rarity), character XP, and three different currencies. It was overstuffed and under explained, resulting in many players feeling like they weren't really moving upward at all. Maybe sideways, but not up.

The Progression Update keeps Star Cards an important of the progression experience, but no longer will you be receiving them from crates with randomized rewards. Instead, as you gain experience with your class, hero, or ship, you'll accumulate skill points. These skill points in turn can unlock or upgrade the Star Card you want to equip. It's a lot closer to, say, planning your path down an RPG skill tree than relying on vague hope that you get the Star Card you want.

Note that anything you've already unlocked via the current Battlefront 2 progression system will remain unlocked; all Star Cards, heroes, weapons, and anything else you've already got on your account will still be yours.
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Well...it'll help when it goes on sale?
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Old 03-18-2018, 12:17 PM   #3
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Well...it'll help when it goes on sale?
If they did that and released a new amazing standalone singleplayer story not related to the awful core game it can be salvaged. But I doubt it. Word is people at the very top of Disney are sick of EA and plan on shopping around. This move looks like a last grasp for money before killing it.
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Old 03-18-2018, 06:14 PM   #4
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Word is people at the very top of Disney are sick of EA and plan on shopping around. This move looks like a last grasp for money before killing it.
I think it would take a seriously bit more than this debacle to sour the EA/Disney relationship beyond the point of no repair.

The other EA Star Wars games, particularly on Mobile are cash cows which have no such problems and aren't money Disney is going to want to separate from their bank account.

You can bet Battlefront 3 or whatever upcoming AAA Star Wars franchise game from EA is released will be specifically designed to placate the audience (and Disney).
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I think it would take a seriously bit more than this debacle to sour the EA/Disney relationship beyond the point of no repair.

The other EA Star Wars games, particularly on Mobile are cash cows which have no such problems and aren't money Disney is going to want to separate from their bank account.

You can bet Battlefront 3 or whatever upcoming AAA Star Wars franchise game from EA is released will be specifically designed to placate the audience (and Disney).

Well, money talks. And when they screw up with this game the way they did, it means that the next game will probably be good.
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EA will likely lose their exclusive deal. I am sure there are unmet profit/sales figures that trigger renegotiation on Disney's behalf.
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They canned the only game from them star wars related I was interested in. As much fun as battlefield starwars is I'm ready for another outcast/jedi knight/academy thank you very much EA for ruining that.

Unless we're going to get a remake of psi ops with another song from the band cold I really do hope Disney re-evaluates their business relationship.
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Well, money talks. And when they screw up with this game the way they did, it means that the next game will probably be good.
And yet their plans actually never happened, so really how bad was BFII screwed? Again this is a case where people are oh so outraged because it's Electronic Arts. Give me a fucking break. Some of their business practices suck, guess what? So does Activision, Ubisoft, Valve and every other publisher in the industry.
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I'm ready for another outcast/jedi knight/academy.
Hell yes! Those games were fantastic.

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Some of their business practices suck, guess what? So does Activision, Ubisoft, Valve and every other publisher in the industry.
Yep. Pretty much.
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