Blizzard Reveals Release Date For the Next Overwatch Map - Dexerto

Blizzard Reveals Release Date For the Next Overwatch Map

Published: 1/May/2018 17:51 Updated: 15/Oct/2020 17:18

by Joe O'Brien


The release date for the next Overwatch map, Rialto, has been revealed by Blizzard.

Rialto is an Escort map based on the Venice location in which Overwatch Archives mission Retribution takes place. The map will arrive on the live servers on May 3rd.

The new map has been tested on the PTR since April 20th, giving players a chance to experience the map and attempt to identify any bugs or gameplay issues for Blizzard to iron out.

While the map will reach the live servers on May 3rd, it will not immediately be available in competitive play. It will instead be added to the competitive playlist with a later patch, to allow players time to get accustomed to the new map before encountering it in a competitive setting.

This delay follows the pattern of the previous map, Blizzard World, and the latest hero Brigitte, both of which had a delayed entrance to competitive play. Based on feedback that Brigitte’s full-season absence might have been too long, however, it’s possible that Rialto will be added before the end of season ten, which began on April 30th.

The Overwatch Archives event also ended on April 30th, meaning players will not be able to play through either the Uprising or Retribution missions until the event presumably returns at a similar time in 2019. Fans of the latter will at least have a permanent reminder of the event in the form of a brand-new PvP map.


Overwatch reveals drop rates for loot box items and skins

Published: 27/Nov/2020 23:45

by Michael Gwilliam


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.

Overwatch loot box drop rates
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.