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Star Wars Battlefront 2’s loot box system sounds pretty bad

Over the years, publishers like EA have experimented with microtransactions in Triple A games quite a bit. Over time though, game makers have found more forgivable ways to include them, for instance, most people seem to be willing to accept loot boxes. However, those loot box systems are usually confined to cosmetic items. With Star Wars Battlefront 2, EA will be doing loot boxes differently, by offering gameplay-affecting power-ups in the form of ‘Star Cards’.

Star Cards are similar in some ways to ‘Burn Cards’ in Titanfall. These are cards you can collect and activate during a multiplayer game to give yourself a stat boost. Unfortunately, the similarities seem to stop there. While Burn Cards are one-time use, Star Cards are permanent and come in different rarities. So if you spend enough cash opening loot boxes, you may manage to heavily increase base damage of one of your classes, or have Darth Maul recover a bigger chunk of health every time you get a kill.

In the video above from BattlefrontUpdates, you can see some of these exclusive crates being opened up. Early on in the video, you can see an ‘Epic’ Darth Maul card, which boosts the character’s Spin Attack by 60 percent. Later on you can see a Star Card that boosts the game’s Heavy class, giving you the ability to earn up to 15 score each time you take damage or a shield absorbs damage. Other cards allow you to boost the blast radius of grenades and affect the damage of other weapons.

You will get some of these loot boxes for free just by launching the game daily or earning in-game currency via matches. You will also be able to use ‘Star Parts’ to craft specific power-ups you want. It’s a slippery slope though, depending on how the whole thing is balanced, those with expendable funds may be able to buy their way into a multiplayer advantage. This is certainly enough to spark ‘pay to win’ concerns amongst the player base.

KitGuru Says: This Star Card system doesn’t sound particularly appealing to me, especially since the power-ups are permanent and vary in rarity to encourage you to buy more. That said, I have not played Battlefront 2 yet, perhaps DICE will manage to balance the game in such a way that ‘pay to win’ doesn’t end up becoming an issue. Still, purchasable multiplayer power ups never really sit right with me. How do you guys feel about Battlefront 2’s loot system? 

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  • chris

    Go back to original battlefront with set classes and equipment and make the game about skill only

    Never gonna happen thou

  • RODDYGINGER

    This is probably the biggest reason people don’t like Infinite Warfare… Game changing micro-transactions. I’d fire the person who suggests it!

  • cpc464freak

    It’s EA folks buy their games and at some point be prepared to eat shit. Personally even though I’m a giant SW fan, I still won’t buy into anything EA produces,

  • WhiteSkyMage

    Pay2Win = Game FAILED! F*ck off EA and your Star Cards too!

  • Lelisevis

    When they announced StarWars Battlefront 2 would have free DLC and updates you didn’t really believe they would just charge you £60 and keep on keep on adding to the game lmao. This will not spark ‘pay to win’ concerns it will be a huge success with fans flocking to kneel at the temple of Starwars. It’s up to you whether you are stupid enough to buy Starcards, I’ll do what I always I always do, I’ll buy the base game play the single player and a bit multiplayer and let the morons fund it.

  • Matty Tock

    How to make a game flop before it’s even out of closed Alpha – Brought to you by EA.