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Blizzard teases Overwatch LEGO sets in new ad

Published: 2/Oct/2018 17:02 Updated: 2/Oct/2018 17:21

by Bill Cooney

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Blizzard announced a collaboration between Overwatch and LEGO early in 2018 and have provided fans with tiny bits of information since, but it looks like things might be gearing up to get the sets on sale in time for the holiday season.

On Tuesday, Overwatch tweeted a video of Game Director Jeff Kaplan assembling a Tracer lego mini figure at Blizzard HQ at what we can assume is the same desk he puts out Developer Updates from.

Once he’s done, Kaplan does his best to look shocked as the figure comes to life, bounces around and rattles off some Tracer voice lines before blinking towards the camera.

The Overwatch team has been playing around with stop motion since the “Trace and Bake” animation was released for Overwatch’s second anniversary.

As the poster girl for Overwatch, it makes sense to have Tracer be the first figure officially revealed, but LEGO teased more characters back in August, namely Reinhardt, Widowmaker, Genji, Soldier: 76, Mercy and McCree that will probably be included in the first release.

LEGO isn’t the only company Overwatch is collaborating with going forward, they also have plans with NERF to release Overwatch themed NERF guns, something like Soldier: 76’s rifle and D.Va’s pistol, which she already has a voice line for.

Right now it’s not a known fact if the Overwatch LEGO sets will be out in time for the holidays or whether fans will have to wait until early 2019 to get their hands on them, but it would make business sense for LEGO and Overwatch to get the sets out before the holiday season creeps around.

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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.