Oskar Gabrielson stated in a blog post that DICE is turning off all in-game purchases. All progression will now be earned through gameplay. The ability to purchase crystals in-game will return after the team makes 'changes to the game'.
EA is in the midst of grasping at straws at this point, and a new blog post on their website all but confirms it.
The post addresses the "challenges in the design" the fans have been upset with (the loot boxes). Oskar Gabrielson, GM, DICE, starts off by saying that their goal "has always been to create the best possible game for all of you – devoted Star Wars fans and game players alike. [They've] also had an ongoing commitment to constantly listen, tune and evolve the experience as it grows." Pretty standard stuff.
And then came this paragraph: "We hear you loud and clear, so we’re turning off all in-game purchases. We will now spend more time listening, adjusting, balancing and tuning. This means that the option to purchase crystals in the game is now offline, and all progression will be earned through gameplay."
The ability to purchase crystals in-game will return, however, after the team makes some "changes to the game".
A bombshell right? Well, it is an unexpected turn of events as things looked bleaker than my future at one point.
A lot has happened since the game's open beta concluded. DICE first made changes to the loot crates by removing the Epic Star Cards and making them primarily available through crafting, with the exception of special Epic Star Cards available through pre-order, deluxe, and starter packs.
Blizzard had some fun with the outcry because well, they could. (Overwatch still has loot boxes though. We're coming for you, Jeff.)
I think that about covers it. We'll see what the future holds for Star Wars Battlefront II, but in the meantime, you can check out the original blog post here.
This doesn't excuse the terrible way EA has been treating the fans. There is no set timeline on how long the microtransactions will stay turned off, nor is there a way to know this is not yet another trap set by the company in order to milk the last penny from its fans and the fans of the Star Wars franchise. Proceed with utmost caution.