Overwatch will no longer sell paid loot boxes by the end of the month

Overwatch will no longer sell paid loot boxes by the end of the month
Ben Borthwick Updated on by

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Blizzard has announced that it’ll be removing the option to buy loot boxes for Overwatch by the end of August.

The team made the announcement in a blog post detailing the recently-launched Anniversary Remix Vol. 3 event. “Loot boxes will no longer be available for sale after the end of the Anniversary Remix Vol. 3 event on August 30.”

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“However,” the message continued. “You will still be able to earn standard loot boxes after the end of the event.”

With the free-to-play sequel, Overwatch 2, on the horizon, the publisher will be moving away from loot boxes, an often controversial feature from the first game.

During the sequel’s reveal event in June, Blizzard explained what would take their place. “Instead, the modernized live service will give our players the power to shape their own experiences,” they claimed.

“Players can acquire the items they want directly through the Battle Pass and an all-new and consistently updated in-game shop. Our team will create and deliver seasonal content every nine weeks to ensure there’s always something fresh and exciting waiting for everyone.”

Any Overwatch loot boxes still in players inventory will be opened automatically ahead of the launch of Overwatch 2. That’s currently scheduled to take place on October 4, replacing the original Overwatch.