The controversy surrounding Electronic Arts and DICE's Star Wars: Battlefront II stemmed from the loot box fiasco that angered gamers over the idea of one of their most cherished properties, and most anticipated games, being pay-to-win. EA did manage to capitulate to the millions of angry voices who were dissatisfied with the loot box shenanigans, and after a call from Disney the publisher had DICE disable the microtransactions in Star Wars: Battlefront II. Many people assumed that EA was going to abandon the game, but that wasn't the case at all. Instead, the company has been updating it with new maps, modes and more.
Over on the official Star Wars: Battlefront website there's a new entry for the patch notes for the game's latest update, which covers some of the new content made available, such as adding the Jetpack Cargo mode. This mode is themed around its namesake, obviously, and lets players utilize jetpacks to jet around stages in order to take out their opponents. The trick, however, is that everyone will have only rocket launchers.
Basically, the Jetpack Cargo mode is based around the jetpack trooper from Pandemic's Star Wars: Battlefront II from 13 years ago, where the trooper was equipped with a jetpack and a grenade launcher. However, in this particular iteration of the unit, it's a rocket launcher instead of grenade launcher. Nevertheless, the mode should prove to be quite an interesting take on the unit class and could easily prove to be a fun way to engage in the game again. The mode is only going to be available for a limited time, so you'll want to get in on the action while the getting is good. There's no time frame on how long the mode will be available, so it's best to play it as soon as possible.
But, that's not all! The update also provides all new locations in the Custom Arcade mode, which now has support for Kashyyyk, Hoth, Endor, Jakku, the Death Star II and the recently added Crait map.
DICE also finally added something that gamers had asked for since before the whole loot box thing went viral, and that's customizable hero appearances. Previously, Electronic Arts executives said it wasn't possible due to how customization breaks canon with the movie series (which doesn't make a whole lot of sense for a multiplayer focused game), and that it wouldn't be right to have a "pink" Darth Vader. However, DICE appears to be giving some leeway to requests for custom skins, and have added three new skins for Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa and Han Solo in the form of the Hoth skins from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
You'll be able to unlock the skins by completing a series of in-game challenges and you will be able to alter the skins from the "Appearances" menu. The skins are only going to be available for a limited time, though.
In addition to all the new content added to Star Wars: Battlefront II, the developers also balanced out the gameplay and made some tweaks to the way certain characters handle. The update is available right now for PC, PS4 and Xbox One users.