EA and DICE have said all along that they’re listening and open to feedback on Star Wars Battlefront II, and tonight we have the ultimate proof of that, on the eve of the game’s Early Access release. In a blog post detailing what and why – spoiler: it was the hundreds of thousands of angry people on Reddit – they’ve announced a dramatic reduction in the cost of unlocking heroes in the game so that you can pick them in battle.
Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker will now cost 15,000 credits each, while Leia, Chewie and the Emperor are 10,000 credits each, and Battlefront II’s homegrown hero Iden Versio is 5,000 credits. All the other heroes are unlocked from the very beginning, which has not changed.
This is being brought into effect today, with an update that will be applied to the Play First Trial, which rolls through to the full game when that releases. That starts tomorrow for those who have ordered the Elite Trooper edition, or the end of this week for regular editions of the game.
John Wasilczyk, Executive Producer at DICE wrote on their blog, “Since the start of the project, listening to fans has been important in making sure Star Wars Battlefront II is the very best experience for all of you. We’ve stayed true to that with the closed alpha, through the beta last month, and now our Play First Trial.
“That continues as we move towards worldwide launch this week, and we’re making adjustments to the game based on player feedback. That includes a substantial change we’re making today as we’ve been monitoring things during the Play First Trial. We used data from the beta to help set those levels, but it’s clear that more changes are needed.”
It’s a dramatic reduction across the board, reducing most character costs to a quarter of their value during the Play First Trial period which has been running on EA Access and Origin Access since Wednesday. Already annoyed by the system of loot crates and microtransactions in Star Wars Battlefront II from the open beta, players had calculated that the cost of unlocking heroes such as Darth Vader would take around 40 hours of play to reach, and that was only if you didn’t touch a single loot crate in that time, which would mean unlocking no Star Cards in the process.
Now if you’ll excuse me, with this new information in hand, I’ve got several paragraphs in our review to rewrite. See you at 11.