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EA drops paid loot boxes from Star Wars Battlefront II

Loot boxes will only yield in-game credits or cosmetics like emotes and victory poses; new costumes to be sold ā la carte

Electronic Arts is revamping the controversial loot boxes of Star Wars Battlefront II. The publisher today announced a game update that will go live March 21 and remove paid loot boxes from the game.

Loot boxes will remain in Battlefront II (the game refers to them as "crates"), but players won't be able to purchase them. Instead, they will be earned by logging in every day, reaching milestones, and completing timed challenged. Additionally, the loot boxes will no longer include Star Cards or any other items impacting gameplay. Instead, they will give players in-game credits or purely cosmetic perks like emotes or victory poses.

Additionally, one of the most desirable type of cosmetic items, new costumes, will be available for players to purchase directly beginning in April. Those will be available for purchase using in-game credits (only earned through gameplay) or crystals (a premium currency that can be purchased with real-world money).

"These changes are a major step as we continue to improve the core of the game and add new content," the company said. "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."

The implementation of loot boxes in Battlefront II has been a point of contention for some players since before the game launched. Pushback against the game's original monetization scheme grew so loud that EA temporarily pulled microtransactions from the game on the eve of its release.

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Latest comments (3)

Dariusz G. Jagielski Game Developer A month ago
Finally. Shame it couldn't be that way from the get-go. EA's stock price wouldn't suffer.

But I guess the industry needed a wake up call to see that lootboxes are evil. If it wasn't EA, then it'd be Activision, Ubisoft or WB. That controversy was bound to happen sooner or later.
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Ian Griffiths Game Director, HutchA month ago
@Dariusz G. Jagielski: It's niave to think they're evil. Is Overwatch evil? Hearthstone? Dota 2? COD? MtG? They're enjoyed by millions of people without issue.

Also, EA's stock price hasn't suffered, it moved roughly the same as all the others and is only just shy of its all-time high.
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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing A month ago
Besides, EA did not remove loot boxes from all of their products, EA removed them from one of them. Which basically translates to the license owner not being a happy mouse and demanding a permanent removal. Star Wars toy revenue could be better to begin with and that is before EA seemingly aggravated the people who buy themed plastic figures for the kids who still prefer that over an iPad.
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