"Unlocking a hero is a great accomplishment in the game, something we want players to have fun earning", writes John Wasilczyk, an executive producer at game development house DICE. He explained that change will be a constant for Battlefront II as it pertains to changing the in-game economy, with tweaks coming as DICE considers and responds to player feedback. In a Battlefront 2 subreddit, the official EACommunityTeam response confirms that it takes 40 hours to unlock special Battlefront 2 characters, including Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker.
The top six heroes were never available for a direct real money exchange; in-game credits are acquired either through game play or as a bonus in one of three loot crate varieties through which a player acquires new items or upgrades existing vehicles, fighter classes or unlocked heroes. While the game finally offers a single-player campaign mode, unlike its 2015 predecessor, it also features a seemingly pay-to-win microtransactions model with a grinding and unrewarding progression system.
Instead of trying to take a criticism head-on in order to quash it, the Star Wars Battlefront 2 issue is now cemented in Reddit history as the worst take ever posted on the site.
Reddit user "MBMMaverick" recently posted about how it was unusual that the franchise's iconic character Darth Vader was locked behind a paywall in a premium game.
If you head over to the Collection tab of the Star Wars Battlefront 2 main menu, you'll be able to see all the Heroes and Villains you now have unlocked, but you'll also be able to see some that are not yet unlocked, and can only be obtained through spending a certain amount of Credits. "I paid 80$ to have Vader locked?"
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It's a direct response to some fan outcry over the weekend about the game's virtual currency economy, and it may help give fellow devs a bit more insight into what players are willing to tolerate when it comes to rewards in a full-priced multiplayer game.
"There's been a lot of discussion around the amount of in-game credits (and time) it takes to unlock some of our heroes, especially Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader", a new post reads. EA is constantly changing and adding things to the game however, so you can be sure that we'll update our guides to reflect any changes that are made to Star Wars Battlefront 2.
Of course, this won't be the last that we hear of Battlefront 2's loot boxes.
To say that Star Wars Battlefront II is having a rough week before launch would be a understatement. We welcome the conversation.