Overwatch has one of the biggest communities and still has a considerable esports performance. But the game definitely lost some spark over the last few years. The reasons are numerous and we will not indulge further. But since the beginning, one of the main problems was loot boxes. In Overwatch, loot boxes offer in-game cosmetic items. These were not designed as pay-to-win. But the gamers were unhappy about them for a long time now. Overwatch’s plan is to counter the player loss with Overwatch 2’s release, but it was also announced that players do not need OW 2 in order to play the game. Two games will share the same player pool. But will Overwatch 2 have loot boxes?
Since the beginning of the game, there are loot boxes, this creates a problem. Overwatch has more cosmetics than most of the games since players can even customize the voices of heroes. But players can not choose what to buy, you simply get a loot box. This means you have no control over other than praying to get what you want. Overwatch developer Jeff Kaplan stated regarding a question about the loot boxes for OW 2 ” With Overwatch 2, in terms of business model, we’re exploring different options that move us away from loot boxes, but I think that will be more for OW 2 than the core game. I would never rule anything out”.