'Star Wars Battlefront II' shoots down in-game purchases right before release day

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Like the Death Star, EA's loot box disaster loomed over the release of Star Wars Battlefront II

Now, the day before the game's release, it looks like the rebels have won ... for now. EA removed "crystals" — which cost IRL cash — from the game on Thursday after fans revolted.. 

The criticism was that people who spent tons of money would have an unfair advantage during multiplayer battles. Also, that cash wouldn't directly buy items — it would buy "loot boxes," which could contain Star Cards, which could give you credits to unlock special characters, including Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. (Yes, it's complicated, and yes, we have an explainer.) Read more...

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