Star Wars: Battlefront 2 Update Brings Microtransactions, Limited-Time Mode This Week
Star Wars: Battlefront II is getting a new update this week, and it'll mark the return of Crystals, the currency that you can buy with real-world cash. The Night on Endor Update is headlined, however, by the limited-time Ewok Hunt mode.
Night on Endor brings back Crystals, which allow you to purchase in-game items with real money. However, DICE has implemented some significant changes following the backlash that caused the studio to entirely remove microtransactions from the game. First, Crystals can only be used to buy Appearances, which are cosmetic items. The update also adds a slew of new Appearances, such as Endor Leia and Endor Han; Appearances can be bought with normal, in-game Credits as well.
Second, Star Cards are not coming back; gameplay and progression-related items are contained solely within the progression system. The microtransaction system will be strictly contained to cosmetic items.
The update will also introduce the first game mode that allows players to play as Ewoks. Ewok Hunt is a limited-time, asymmetric mode that pits a team of Ewoks against a team of Stormtroopers. It is the Ewoks' task to eliminate the Stormtroopers; the troopers must withstand the attack until evacuation. Every Stormtrooper that is killed spawns a new Ewok. DICE hasn't yet said when this mode will be removed from the game.
The update goes live on April 18 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, and includes various other tweaks and balance fixes. In addition, DICE announced that Season Two of Battlefront II content will arrive in May. Seasons will revolve around specific themes; the studio hasn't revealed what Season Two's theme will be, but focusing on the upcoming Solo film is a possibility.
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