Loot boxes, crate, chests, item containers, what have you. They seem to be becoming a staple part of modern AAA releases. The upcoming Star Wars Battlefront II from EA, which looks to improve on the original in every way, has drawn a bit of controversy though its implementation of Loot Crates and Star Cards. Where it seemed that getting noticeable stat boosts and weapon upgrades was a matter of pay to win.
A strange decision that stood out from the Beta, and one that EA has now posted a new update noting that big changes have been made since then. The most notable of which is that Epic Star Cards wont be in the Loot Crates and that Weapon Upgrades and other rare abilities will be tied to crafting and actually, you know, playing the game.
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.
After playing a bunch of the Beta we were impressed with the changes to the core gameplay and are looking forward to the full release later this month. Now, EA hasn't had the best PR month so it's good to see some progress has been made in response to honest to goodness criticism.