going f2p so soon from going retail is already a sign of a major flop, but going down the lockbox road is surely just to take advantage of short term playability with a mindset of "rob them quick before they leave"
From going retail? You still have to buy the game. And you can still pay a subscription and have very little change. the f2p is honestly a lot more like an extended trial.... And the lockbox thing is still speculation. They have been making it clear that you can't get anything end-game competitive with Cartel Coins. It will all be cosmetic or leveling stuff. But If you could buy boxes that have random things in them, so what? Don't buy them.