Blizzard explains why Overwatch won’t get Australia fire charity skins - Dexerto
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Blizzard explains why Overwatch won’t get Australia fire charity skins

Published: 18/Jan/2020 22:35 Updated: 18/Jan/2020 22:48

by Bill Cooney

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Blizzard has said that they won’t be able to make charity Overwatch skins to help with the Australian fires due to how the game’s developers go about designing new skins.

The massive wildfires that have been raging in Australia have prompted a ton of people to donate to charities helping out, and even inspired games like Modern Warfare to offer in-game bundles in support.

A lot of Overwatch fans have been asking about the possibility of Blizzard cooking up a special skins for Junkrat or Roadhog, the game’s resident Aussies, to benefit wildfire relief.

Firefighter Roadhog Overwatch skin concept
Armando Gonzalez-Dorta
Overwatch fans didn’t take long to come up with some ideas of their own.

Inspired by the suggestion, Overwatch fan and concept artist Armando Golzalez-Dorta created their own version of a Firefighter Roadhog skin, which is pretty awesome itself.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Blizzard will be able to get a special skin out anytime soon to help the fire, according to Overwatch Contenders North American Lead Kayla Glover.

“It would be [cool],” Glover said in response to a fan who was talking about the skins “But in-game skins aren’t planned, designed, tested, and implemented that quickly in any quality dev cycle.”

“Though, Blizzard did start matching all employee donations (retroactively too) to help,” she added. “So that’s something at least.”

Overwatch does have a history of charity skins, like the Pink Mercy that benefitted breast cancer research, but there’s no telling how long that one actually spent in development.

In all honesty, if Overwatch fans really want to donate to help things with the Australian wildfires, there’s nothing stopping them from giving money directly to charities themselves.

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Overwatch reveals drop rates for loot box items and skins

Published: 27/Nov/2020 23:45

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch has finally revealed the official drop rates for loot box items such as skins and sprays within the in-game client.

Players logging in can now check out the exact rates for standard loot box items in a special page in the home screen menu. The page provides a lot of details for those trying to complete their cosmetic collections.

Some of the information is already pretty standard, with each loot box containing either four items or three items with credits. However, each loot box includes at least one item of rare or higher quality.

The description goes on to further state that, on average, an epic quality item will be found in one out of every 5.5 loot boxes and legendary items found in every 13.5.

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Legendary Overwatch skins are the rarest.

Furthermore, they list common items as having a 99% drop rate, rare at 94%, epic with 18.5% and legendary a mere 7.5%.

These rates only apply for standard loot boxes, however, and not seasonal loot boxes such as the upcoming Winter Wonderland, Archive or Anniversary events.

Amusingly, the page also states that items obtained through loot boxes will not give any additional advantage while playing the game.

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Blizzard revealed the loot box drop rates.

While, for the most part this is true, some players have discovered some slight advantages of using, for example, barefoot D.Va or Pharah skins to mask their footsteps.

That said, aside from these rather niche instances, Overwatch has been good at completely avoiding pay-to-win components that have plagued other games.

Loot boxes have long been under fire from both politicians and players who view the practice as a form of gambling.

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Many players and politicians took aim at loot boxes.

In 2017, China forced Blizzard to reveal the exact drop rates for games such as Overwatch and Hearthstone.

Elsewhere, in the United States, Republican Senator Josh Hawley proposed the “Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act” which took aim at loot boxes and other pay-to-win practices.

However, to combat this, several companies including Activision Blizzard agreed to disclose drop rates for their titles.

At least now Overwatch players can sleep easy knowing exactly what their odds are for unlocking certain skins.