Entertainment News: Blizzard will stop selling Overwatch loot boxes starting this month


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08/10/2022, 07:15

Timothy “Timaugustin” Augustin

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Say goodbye to controversial Overwatch loot boxes for good.

Blizzard Entertainment has announced that Overwatch’s latest update will also announce the end of the game’s loot boxes. This week’s update features the latest Anniversary Remix event, Vol. 3, with a whole bunch of recolored skins and throwback events acting as a last hurray for the base game – before Overwatch 2 arrives in October.

Here are all the new skins in Anniversary Remix Vol. 3:

After this event ends on August 30, Blizzard will permanently remove purchasable loot boxes from the game. progressing as usual. In-game credits will also be reused in another form of currency later.

Loot boxes as a whole will disappear completely once Overwatch 2 launches in October, replaced by a new in-game store that sells individual skins and cosmetics for real money in the vein of other free-to-play games like Apex Legends and Fortnite. . In addition to the store, players will also be able to purchase cosmetics through Seasonal Battle Passes in paid and free tiers.

The random nature of loot boxes has always been a subject of controversy, especially for Blizzard, a company that has been sued several times over loot boxes in its games in the past. Overwatch players have little reason to celebrate its demise, however, given that loot boxes are likely replaced with a much more expensive monetization system in the sequel to make up for it being free.

There is a difficult balance to strike with free-to-play monetization. Games like Fortnite have largely succeeded without strong opposition from its players, but other games like Apex Legends frequently experience backlash over grumpy events and expensive skins that force players to shell out outrageous sums. . Blizzard is already under scrutiny for its paid monetization of Diablo Immortal, so it’s unclear how Overwatch 2 will fare. I would not be optimistic.

Overwatch Anniversary Remix Vol. 3 marks the final event for Overwatch as it exists today, before the game moves on to the sequel’s new heroes, maps, and many balance changes. The event runs from August 9 to August 30, and you can find more details about its rollout here.

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