EA didn't exactly generate a lot of good faith with the progression system in Star Wars: Battlefront II, particularly since it seems to be heavily weighed in favour of people who purchased loot boxes with real money. Following backlash (and maybe some persuasion from Disney) EA suspended all microtransactions within the game. Loot boxes eventually returned, though could only be unlocked by playing the game rather than handing over real money, and no longer hand out Star Cards which could make your character stronger.
The bad news is EA has just confirmed that real-money spending is coming back, with the return of the premium crystal currency. The good news is that this isn't the return of a pay-to-win situation, since the crystals will only be usable on cosmetic items that have no effect on gameplay, with 50 different new outfits to choose from. Similarly players will be able to earn crystals by beating in-game milestones. These change will come as part of the Night on Endor update that's being released next Wednesday (18th April).
If you're curious about the name, it seems to have come down to a new game mode called Ewok Hunt. That puts you in the shoes of Ewoks or Stormtroopers, as the latter group tries to survive a night on Endor in a forest surrounded by carnivorous bears. Don't let their teddy-like appearance fool you, Ewoks are vicious and not at all cuddly and pointless excuses designed to appeal to children. The update will also include various fixes and tweaks, which developer DICE outlined on Reddit. [VentureBeat]