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Microtransactions Returning to Star Wars Battlefront II With April Update

April 13, 2018 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
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Per IGN, microtransactions will be returning to Star Wars Battlefront II along with the upcoming update that’s set to go live next week. The Endor Update is set to go live for the game on April 18.

This will reportedly be a “revamped” microtransaction system that will bring back in-game purchases with real-world money into the controversial game title. In the new system, Crystal will be strictly used to unlock cosmetic skins, such as the new Endor Leia and Endor Han skins. These are among the 50 new personalization items that will be available with the new update.

Players who don’t want to purchase these items by spending real-world money on Crystals can still purchase the items using in-game credits.

The update will also feature a new limited-time multiplayer mode called Ewok Hunt. In this mode, Ewoks will be pitted against Stormtroopers. Ewoks will be armed with Wisties and spears, and they have to wipe out all Stormtroopers in order to win a match. Meanwhile, the Stormtrooper players will have to try and win by holding off the Ewoks for a period of time until an extraction team arrives. In this gameplay mode, fallen Stormtroopers will respawn as Ewoks, so the Ewok forces will constantly grow whenever a Stormtrooper is killed.

Electronic Arts previously pulled microtransactions from the game temporarily last year not long before the game’s official launch in North America. Disney CEO Bob Iger was reportedly concerned by the negative backlash against the game potentially hurting box office sales for the December release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

EA and DICE did indicate that disabling of microtransactions was only a temporary measure and in-game purchases would return to the game later on.

Star Wars Battlefront II is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.