Some fans are raising their concerns over the Star Wars: Battlefront II's loot box system following the emergence of a gameplay video that shows players can use real world money to get more of the crates full of advantages. The special boxes can give gamers health boosters, upgraded weaponry and other special abilities that can help them to easily navigate and eventually win the game.
The aforementioned crates are supposed to be randomly scattered in the game to add the element of unpredictability to it and a player's chances of stumbling on one were supposed to be purely based on luck. However, the discovery that players can use not only use in-game currency but real life money to purchase an unlimited quantity of these advantages has some gamers worried about Battlefront II turning into a pay to win title.
EA has confirmed to Eurogamer that the players can indeed spend real money to score one or more of these loot boxes. Although they did not directly acknowledge fan worry regarding the use of money to expedite one's gaming progress:
"Players will be rewarded in the game through regular play in many different, earnable ways including crates. For those that want to accelerate the rewards, they can do so by purchasing crates that contain randomised items and rewards."
A lot of the gamers who checked out the YouTube video featuring the unboxing of the crates took it to the clip's comment section whey they aired their worries that due to the loot system, Battlefront II's game design will be negatively affected. Some, on the other hand, defended the scheme pointing out that it was almost expected given the introduction of microtransactions to the title.
One of the many draws of Battlefront II is EA's decision to roll out all DLCs for free with its monetary scheme hinging solely on microtransactions. This is in an effort to make up for the blunders of the first Star Wars Battlefront with its infamous business model of paid-for DLC segregation that did not sit well with a lot of fans.
Other video games have had similar business models including, EA's own Battlefield, where games can nab additional gadgets, vehicle skins, and weapon designs. However, all of these are minimal and cosmetic upgrades that would not significantly affect one's progress in the game. As of now, it is not clear just how much these advantages the loot crates will help a player in his Star Wars Battlefront II gaming progress, but until EA comes out and explicitly explain how the system works, fans' concern over the matter is arguable.
- Star Wars: Battlefront II (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019