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Is Junker Queen coming to Overwatch 2?

Published: 5/Nov/2019 1:21 Updated: 5/Nov/2019 2:03

by Bill Cooney

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After the big Overwatch 2 announcement from BlizzCon 2019, some players are wondering if or how the Junker Queen will fit into the new content.

The Junker Queen is definitely a fan-favorite character, but she never actually makes a direct appearance in the game or its cinematics.

She is referenced in Wrecking Ball’s origin story and one of his sprays, as well as being the voice that welcomes you to Junkertown just after the first payload point.

Despite existing almost entirely in the game’s background, there are a lot of Junker Queen stans out there who would like to see her join the cast of heroes.

Blizzard EntertainmentThe Queen also shows up on various posters in Overwatch.
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So, is Junker Queen coming to Overwatch 2?

Jeff Kaplan and the Overwatch team did assure fans that there were a lot of new heroes coming to the game in the future, they didn’t go as far as to mention Junker Queen specifically.

But, Kaplan did say that PvE story and hero missions in Overwatch 2 would include backstory and lore on heroes.

Again, no direct mention of the Junker Queen, but if Wrecking Ball gets his own mission, it’s not that hard to envision her popping up there.

She could also be involved in a possible Junkrat/Roadhog storyline, but again, this is all just speculation at this point.

Even though the status of Junker Queen remains in limbo, BlizzCon did fill us in on some other upcoming new Overwatch heroes.

Blizzard EntertainmentSojourn was confirmed as an upcoming hero during BlizzCon 2019.

Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan confirmed that Sojourn would be a new hero coming to the game, but didn’t say anything on when it would happen.

Sojourn seems to be a DPS hero based on the Overwatch 2 gameplay trailer, with a weapon that seems to be a mix of Soldier 76’s and Zarya’s weapons from the limited shots we see of her.

Echo also appeared in the Overwatch 2 cinematic, and in the gameplay trailer, but Kaplan didn’t mention the blue and white robot during his time on stage.

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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.