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Keep your crystals: Star Wars Battlefront II updates crates and progression system

Today, EA has announced that it has taken the feedback from the recent Star Wars Battlefront II beta and has fine-tuned the way that crates and progression works in-game. The Star Wars title will be released on November 17 for PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One.

In a blog post located on EA’s website, the development team added some changes to the current progression system, as well as handling of crates due to feedback received during the open beta that was playable earlier in the month:

The Beta gave us a welcome chance to test all of our systems in action and tune things up for better balance. A few weeks back, we mentioned we were going to take another look at how the progression system works. After incorporating feedback from the Beta, we’re happy to share our plans for launch:

  • 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.

For those that wanted the previous progression system to change, this is a breath of fresh air for those that are hesitant to shell out real life currency for crystals. While crates still exist, they’ll be limited in scope compared to the previous beta. Check out Kay’s hands-on of the game here, and stay tuned for more news here on Gaming Trend.

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