Star Wars Battlefront II gets playable Ewok event, return of microtransactions

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Star Wars Battlefront II has been surrounded by controversy ever since it launched, but that hasn't stopped EA from releasing new content for the game. Starting on April 18, 2018, players can jump into a new, limited-time mode, and unlock special appearances through microtransactions in the "Night on Endor" update.

Before we discuss the return of microtransactions, let's talk about the Night on Endor update. Whether you begin as an Ewok defending your homeland and stalking your Imperial enemy, or as a Stormtrooper fighting to escape the ambush, players can fight through the night for control of Endor in the all-new "Ewok Hunt" mode.

The ambush begins as Ewoks attack unsuspecting Stormtroopers, using spears and other skills to take down their opponents. Stormtroopers have better weaponry and have to hold out until an extraction team arrives. Each Stormtrooper defeated spawns another Ewok, multiplying them until the Empire's forces have been completely eliminated. After that, just like the films, an Ewok celebration begins.

"Crystal" microtransactions will return to Star Wars Battlefront II as one of the ways for fans to unlock appearances, including "Endor Leia" and "Endor Han". According to EA, real currency can only be used to purchase Crystals, which are only redeemable for cosmetic items. Credits are also earned through in-game activities and can be redeemed for appearances.

It's great to see that EA is introducing cosmetic-only microtransactions instead of the "pay-to-win" ones which shipped at launch. However, given the fact that this was a major scandal for the company, it would've been nice if microtransactions weren't introduced at all. Only time will tell if players will return to the game, but the Ewok event seems like the right move.

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Asher Madan

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