Blizzard has announced in a new blog post that premium loot boxes, i.e. loot boxes you can pay real money for, will be removed from Overwatch at the end of August. They currently remain in place for the game's 'Anniversary Remix' event, but after that, they're being withdrawn from sale.
The ongoing event concludes August 30th, so by the end of the month, you'll no longer be able to buy loot boxes with real money in Overwatch. This change falls in line with Blizzard's approach to Overwatch 2, where a battle pass + premium storefront system will replace randomized loot boxes. Hurrah!
Now, it's important to note that loot boxes at large will remain in the first Overwatch. Blizzard isn't completely overhauling the first game — likely due to Overwatch 2's imminent October launch — but the team is removing any option to buy them with real money.
If you have a bunch of loot boxes lying around in Overwatch by the time you play OW2, they'll be automatically opened and the contents deposited into your new inventory. Any in-game currencies present in OW1 will also move over, as confirmed by Blizzard.
We're glad to see to see the back of loot boxes in most console games at this point, to be honest. While the 'battle pass system' isn't perfect, it's much-preferred over a randomized microtransaction system.
But, what do you think about the change in approach for Overwatch 2? Let us know in the comments!
I've said it a thousand times before. When it comes to game loot, in a game that incorporates the ability to buy loot with real cash, the balance needs to be right.
There should always be loot that cannot be purchased and can only be earned. This way, players can show off their feats and achievements. When it comes to other loot and cosmetics, I've got no problem with developers putting it in a game to be purchased or unlocked, so long as the first rule of thumb is applied...
That's my two cents on the matter.
@Kaloudz two cents? That was more like a buck fifty Kaloudz lol
As Overwatch 2 is basically an 'update' that replaces 'Overwatch' and will be changing their entire business model to a Free to Play style and the 'bad' publicity of loot boxes in general, it makes sense that there will be a 'transition' from Overwatch to Overwatch 2...
@J_Mo_Money LMAO!! +1 for you my friend!
Do items such as character skins get moved to OW2?
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