It seems EA Games and Motive learnt their lesson with Star Wars: Battlefront II. The upcoming Star Wars: Squadrons will not make the same mistakes and have no microtransactions and add-ons at all. When gamers buy the game, they get the full package with no need to take out the credit card.. ever. In addition, the game is not planned as a live service either meaning there won’t be any add-ons or future maps added to the game. If EA Games and Motive decide to add anything, it will be free.
According to Motive’s Mitch Dyer, the game is meant to be “complete and great in its own right.” Anything added afterwards would be a bonus. Furthermore, the game’s progression system relies completely on player progress and XP. Cosmetics, weapons and upgrades are only obtainable through in-game rewards. No loot boxes or microtransactions will be available.
EA Games is taking the same approach to Star Wars: Squadrons as they did for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. The game, which released in 2019 had no way to spend your money in-game other than buying the game itself. The upcoming starfighter game is a new dawn for the studio. It will be one of the first multiplayer games released in recent years to have no loot boxes. It is also much cheaper than other releases at only $40. EA Games seems to think that a cheaper game with no loot boxes may bring in more players. However, we will have to see how long people stay around for Star Wars Squadrons after launch.
The game is set to release on 2 October 2020 for PS4, Xbox One and PC. Read more about the gameplay here and watch the trailer down below;