A couple of days ago we learned that the Electronic Arts had agreed to remove microtransactions from Star Wars Battlefront II temporarily. That only came after the gaming community responded very negatively after the initial inclusion of loot boxes that can provide an unfair advantage to some gamers. However, the developers did emphasize that they will be reinstating microtransactions with certain adjustments soon. According to the latest rumors, EA is considering two ideas on implementing the loot boxes in Battlefront II again.
Remove the Random Factor
We know that the Belgian authorities are investigating the Californian studio because of the so-called gambling aspect of the crystal packs. That is why EA has been considering stripping the random factor from the loot crates. In practice, that would mean the users would purchase particular bundles or star cards with their money. There would be no chance involved, but the packs would still give unfair gaming advantage to players who purchase them.
Restrict them to Cosmetic Changes ONLY
The second solution might bring less revenue, but the developers wouldn’t risk the rage of the community repeating. The idea is to implement microtransactions once again, but restrict them to cosmetic changes. We know that EA cares a lot about how much money they earn off their games (can anyone blame them?). That is why the players would need to send a clear message that this is the more appropriate option. One of the ways to communicate that is on Reddit, just like they did when they downvoted the terrible explanation the studio offered for introducing loot boxes in the first place.
Prepare for Boosters
Electronic Arts also plan to add to the variety of the available microtransactions. They will implement an entirely new one called ‘Boosters,’ which will speed up the process of earning credits, experience points and more. All this was revealed by kravguy, a Reddit user who has had inside information about EA’s games before (he announced that the studio removed microtransactions from Battlefront II before it was confirmed).
The community also speculates how Disney, the owner of the Star Wars franchise, will react to all this. According to reports, they allowed the game creators to earn money from the loot boxes, but they cannot be thrilled with the latest developments. In fact, there are rumors that EA might lose the exclusivity agreement on the franchise if the players continue to react negatively to the game.