Huge Diablo 3 easter egg finally uncovered in Overwatch's Blizzard World - Dexerto
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Huge Diablo 3 easter egg finally uncovered in Overwatch’s Blizzard World

Published: 16/May/2020 11:07 Updated: 18/May/2020 12:28

by Connor Bennett

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An Overwatch player has finally uncovered one of the game’s most sought after easter eggs in Blizzard World as a little nod to Diablo 3 makes an appearance. 

Like plenty of other games, Overwatch has got a ton of secrets just waiting to be found by players. In the past, fans have found that you can mess with the shark, but the Blizzard World map has always had uncovered secrets just been waiting to be found.

Despite finding a number of secrets and references to their favorite Blizzard titles like World of Warcraft and Hearthstone, just to name a couple, the hunt has always been on for bigger and better easter eggs.

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The map pays tribute to Blizzard franchises including WarCraft, StarCraft, and Diablo.

Now, one player has uncovered what might be the most secret easter egg of them all. Reddit user Owlero posted a clip of themselves running around the map with the caption “if you break the barrels in the final area of Blizzard World, you’ll rarely get a legendary drop.”

When it works and the barrels are smashed, a small golden light will shine for a few seconds just like it does in Diablo.

 

Now, obviously, the easter egg doesn’t give you a legendary cosmetic or power-up to your ultimate, but it is still a pretty cool nod to another Blizzard game.

If you break the barrels in the final area of Blizzard World, you’ll rarely get a "legendary drop" (Diablo 3 easter egg) from Overwatch

Fans who have been searching for hidden secrets on Blizzard World since it released quickly noted that Blizzard’s Jeff Kaplan has hinted at something bigger and relating to a World of Warcraft quest still being unfound. 

Seeing that it took plenty of time and effort to finally unearth this Diablo easter egg, it might be some time before players are back in the saddle on the hunt for this secret World of Warcraft reference. Though, if it’s as big as teased, it should be worth the effort needed to find it.

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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.