Overwatch fans are beginning to experience difficulties in finding major gameplay features worth complaining about. Overwatch just launched the Horizon Lunar Colony map to rave reviews, with critics praising the maps nuanced technical design while also complimenting the aesthetic, which blends seamlessly into the already established Overwatch universe. Meanwhile, Overwatch‘s pro scene has been thriving as well, particularly in countries like South Korea, where pro players are treated more like idols than proficient gamers.
Pretty soon, even the most casual Overwatch players will have a benefit headed there way, too. In the latest developer update for Blizzard’s insanely popular multiplayer game, Blizzard vice president Jeff Kaplan addressed one of the longest standing issues players have had with Overwatch‘s rewards system – loot boxes. Kaplan had this to say on the matter:
“One of the things we’re going to do is drastically reduce the rate of duplicates you get out of any loot box.”
Those unfamiliar with Overwatch‘s loot box system will be forgiven for not understanding just how dramatic this change really is – loot boxes are the easiest way players can acquire new skins for their favorite characters, but the process is random. It has become something of a rite of passage for newer Overwatch players to open dozens of loot boxes only to be given repeat legendary skins for characters they never use. Those duplicates can then be exchanged for credits, which, if saved up for what seems like an eternity, can be used to purchase one legendary skin, so it’s easy to see why gamers are often so frustrated by duplicates in their loot boxes. Those interested in the full developer update can check it out here:
The change to loot box duplicates comes at an auspicious time, as Blizzard recently announced that Twitch Prime members would get golden loot boxes – boxes that guarantee a legendary item – just for being a member. Kaplan also addressed the fact that less duplicate skins would mean players would receive less credits overall, saying that Blizzard will simply “make sure that your credit intake will be at least the same, if not more”, indicating that Blizzard will be increasing the amount of credits players receive on average from Overwatch loot boxes.
It’s yet another example of how Blizzard seems to cater to its fans like no other developer, and it’s a feather in the cap of Jeff Kaplan, who has been having a pretty good week himself. In the developer update, Kaplan is rocking a unique D. Va jersey that has gamer fashionistas everywhere jealous, and he recently got to be the bigger person in a dispute with a forum troll early this week.
All in a day’s work for one of the creative masterminds behind Overwatch.
Overwatch is available now for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.