Battlefront 101: Customization system overview and microtransactions

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The image on the cover is by Cinematic Captures.

The purpose of this new series of articles is to ensure offer tips and strategies Star Wars Battlefront II (SWBFII). These can be small tips that can help you improve your game or bigger strategies. As the column evolves we will be adding more and more information about the game. Keep in mind, we offer these with a new player perspective in mind – someone who never played any of the Battlefront games before.

This article covers SWBFII’s update and the introduction of a customization system as well as the accompanying micro transactions.

 

Han Solo’s Endor outfit. Screenshot from Cinematic Captures‘ video below

 

Battlefront 101: Customization system and microtransaction overview

The basics – customization system
  • What is it? The customization system allows you to change the appearance of your character in the game. Over the past month, DICE has been creating in-game challenges that allow you to unlock special outfits for characters like Han, Leia, and Luke. After April 18, the system now allows you to unlock even more skins for your character.
  • What are skins? All the different appearances for your character might also be referred as skins. In the context of the game, “skins” have the same meaning as appearances or outfits. In reality, appearances are not just clothes that your in-game character wears. They can also be different character races. For example, you can unlock the Duros race.
  • What are the outfits I can currently unlock in the game? There are about 50 skins in the game that you can unlock. They primarily focus on trooper classes (assault, heavy, officer, specialist) and heroes. Cinematic Captures have posted the following video that provides an overview of what’s currently in the game.

Video by Cinematic Captures (republished with permission)

 

How can I change the skin of my character?
  • From the main Main menu, go to your collection tab and select the class or hero you want to change the appearance. We’re using the Assault class in this example.

  • On the next menu, “select appearances”.

  • When the next menu loads you will see a list of factions. For example, Rebel Alliance, Resistance and so on. Select the faction you want to customize.
  • The last menu will show the list of available as well as unavailable appearances/skins for that particular faction.
    • The checkbox right next to the appearance name indicates that you have this particular appearance equipped.
    • The lock right next to the appearance name indicates that this particular appearance is locked. By selecting it, you’re presented with the option to unlock it, using either crystals or credits. If you don’t have enough credits or crystals, then the “unlock” button will be greyed out and you won’t be able to click it.

Unlocking more skins and rarity levels
  • How can I unlock more skins for my character? You can unlock skins for your character by just playing the game. The more you play the game, the more credits you earn. You can use these credits to purchase skins and equip them to your character as described above. The other option is to purchase crystals with real money. More on that below.
  • What are the different levels of skins in the game? Skins have three different levels of rarity. The higher the level, the more the skin cost to unlock. Currently, there are three (3) levels in the game.

Current cost of skins in the game by rarity level

  • Common: As the name implies, it’s the basic skin level for your characters. All skins that came with the game and didn’t have any cost to unlock fall under this category. You can purchase variations of these skins for 5000 credits or 150 crystals.
  • Rare: Rare skins currently indicate that the skin is not only an outfit but also a different race for your character. Rare skins cost 20000 credits or 500 crystals.
  • Epic: The highest level of skins in the game. They don’t only have a different appearance but could also come with their own different voice lines that your character will randomly say in-game while you play. They cost 40000 credits or 500 crystals.

 

The basics – microtransactions
  • What’s a microtransaction? Microtransactions allow you to use real-world currency to unlock skins in-game.
  • Can I purchase weapons and equipment using microtransactions? No, you can’t.
  • Didn’t SWBFII have pay-to-win microtransactions at some point? Yes and no. Originally, EA and DICE considered adding pay-to-win microtransactions in the game, however, they decided against it. Right before launch, they removed them from the game so the SWBFII never really had any.
  • Why should I use real money to unlock skins? If you’re someone who likes skins but doesn’t have enough time earning in-game credits, then doing an outright purchase could be an option for you.
  • How much does it cost to purchase crystals? You can find the costs in-game or look at the screenshot below.

Current costs of crystals in US dollars

 


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