Star Wars Battlefront II Hero Unlock Costs Slashed After Fan Outrage

"As one example, today we're making a substantial change based on what we've seen during the Play First trial", executive producer John Wasilczyk wrote.

This was a title that stood to be one of the year's biggest (and potentially its best), with EA and DICE promising an exciting new single-player campaign, and an expanded multiplayer component with more characters, more maps, and, ultimately, more fan service. But then the loot boxes dropped, and the revelation that unlocking Darth Vader or Luke Skywalker would cost 60,000 in-game credits to unlock, which translates to 40-60 hours of in-game playing to unlock (each), or a decent amount of cash through the game's storefront. "We used data from the beta to help set those levels, but it's clear that more changes are needed".

Players took issue with that sentiment, however, because Battlefront II does not rewar in-game currency based on your skill or accomplishments.

Star Wars Battlefront II for consoles and PCs, coming November 17, promises more guns, spaceships and areas to explore, plus more playable characters from the Star Wars universe.

If you head over to the Collection tab of the Star Wars Battlefront 2 main menu, you'll be able to see all the Heroes and Villains you now have unlocked, but you'll also be able to see some that are not yet unlocked, and can only be obtained through spending a certain amount of Credits.

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EA's rationale, per the heavily downvoted post on Sunday, was that unlocking Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader should carry a sense of accomplishment. Their rivalry continues as they grow, and we get to see their world change into the game's galaxy.

DICE also confirmed that they will be hosting a Reddit AMA on Wednesday to discuss key topics with players. Wasilczyk said that the development team welcomes conversation and they are going to keep making changes to improve the game experience over time.

What do you make of all this change?

For lots more on the current state of Battlefront II's loot box system and why we think it's problematic, check out the video above.

The Star Wars Battlefront franchise originally launched in 2004, and the reboot for modern consoles came in April 2015, once again giving players the opportunity to take part in the beloved franchise with updated graphics. I'd much rather EA and DICE find creative ways to reward players with relatively similar number of credits for playing in different ways. It's a complex system, but one you'll likely want to understand before diving into the game-or deciding whether it's worth a purchase.

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