Blizzard has announced when loot boxes will be removed from Overwatch ahead of the arrival of the new Battle Pass system.
The announcement was mentioned quietly in a blog post about the Overwatch Anniversary Remix Volume 3 event. The company confirmed that the loot boxes will be “no longer for sale” as of August 30.
However, the post notes that you can still earn standard loot boxes after the Remix event.
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This Anniversary Remix event is Blizzard’s way of “cleaning up the house”, allowing players to earn (or buy) cosmetics before Overwatch 2 launches on October 4, 2022. This includes skins and cosmetics from other brands. previous Overwatch Challenge events.
Players will also be able to engage in “fights” and relive certain types of gameplay such as past story missions like Uprising and Storm Rising and previous Summer Game modes. This is like Lucioball.
Snow storm officially announced those loot boxes will disappear in June, replacing them with battle cards and in-game shops. The company said it wanted to give players “more control over how they interact with the game and absorb new content.”
Loot boxes have long been a controversial topic in the gaming industry. Games like Overwatch, Call of Duty, and the EA Sports franchise have been criticized for their monetization methods. In addition, there were links found between loot boxes and gambling.
Fortunately, it looks like Blizzard wants to get away with those tactics and stick with a fairer method of equipping skins and cosmetics (probably). In fact, Blizzard has confirmed that all Unopened loot box in Overwatch will automatically open before Overwatch 2 launches.
Overwatch 2 releases this year on October 4 and will completely replace the original Overwatch. Test big difference between the original game and the sequel.
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