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Early Overwatch footage shows how hilariously ridiculous Bastion used to look

Published: 26/Mar/2019 18:48 Updated: 26/Mar/2019 21:38

by Bill Cooney

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Footage from when Overwatch was in early development shows just how funny Bastion looked when he was first added to the game.

Overwatch was released all the way back in 2016, and will celebrate its third anniversary later this year in the aptly named Anniversary Event.

Now, players have dug up old footage of what Bastion looked like when he was first added to Overwatch, and it’s a hilarious mess.

Blizzard EntertainmentBastion, with his shield before it was removed.

Bastion has gone through several iterations in Overwatch, he even used to have his own mini Reinhardt shield when he went into turret mode.

Recently, some gameplay video of Overwatch’s early development resurfaced, and now, Reddit user BlizzconX has shared an interesting gif of Bastion’s very early development.

It’s easy to tell that the clip takes place on an early version of King’s Row, but that’s where the similarities to Overwatch as we know it today end.

Bastion, instead of being the loveable Omnic death machine we know today, is just a jumble of unassembled parts, floating and bouncing through the air.

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Also, the character being played seems to be an early version of Zenyatta, based on the hero icon, with Reaper’s arms and a single Tracer pistol.

Obviously, the Bastion cloud and Zenyatta were being represented by placeholders during development and got cleaned up for the beta.

Before the Anniversary event this summer, the next Overwatch event is Archives, which according to leaks from the game’s official Blizzard site, should get going on April 16.

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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.