It’s taken a bloody long time, but EA are finally taking the wraps off their comprehensive update to Star Wars Battlefront II’s progression and microtransactions system. It’s a root and branch overhaul, that both greatly simplifies the player upgrade system, but also preserves all the progress you might have made up until now. The first update will be out next week on 21st March, with further updates to overhaul the game’s cosmetics coming in April.
The biggest change is that progression is now linear. Star Cards and other gameplay altering upgrades are now only unlocked in a linear fashion and can only be unlocked through earning experience with that particular unit, hero or ship. Level up a unit and you earn a skill point that can unlock or upgrade a Star Card. Again, you’ll keep everything you’ve already unlocked, so no progress will be lost.
Crates will still be in the game, but they now no longer include Star Cards. Earned from daily log ins, completing Milestones and timed challenges, they will be limited to credits and cosmetic items like emotes and victory poses. EA stress that these are not things that will impact the gameplay.
April will then see the return of microtransactions alongside a new collection of “appearances”. These are effectively skins, letting you mix things up with, for example, a Rodian character model for your Resistance trooper, which can be purchased using in-game credits or the microtransaction crystals.
To sum it all up, EA are giving the game the progression and microtransactions that it should have shipped with.
Source: press release