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Jeff Kaplan teases new Overwatch hero during Yule Log stream

Published: 25/Dec/2019 23:43

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan teased a possible new hero coming to the game during his annual Christmas Eve Yule Log stream.

Kaplan dutifully took his place in front of the fire to hang out with the Overwatch community on December 24 and eat cookies, build LEGO, and decorate the tree with ornaments sent in from players and fans.

While he was constructing an Overwatch LEGO set, Kaplan teased viewers by openly wondering about a hero that fans have been asking about since she was first introduced in the game’s lore: the Junker Queen.

Blizzard EntertainmentFans have been hungry for any information on the Junker Queen since she was revealed along with Wrecking Ball.

Of course, Kaplan didn’t confirm whether or not the Queen would ever be a hero, but he did speculate on what her role could be if she were added to the game.

“I wonder if the Queen is ever going to be a hero,” Kaplan said. “What would she be? She’s not going to be Support, right? That doesn’t make a lot of sense.”

With Support off of the table, Jeff did leave the door open to the Queen being a Tank or DPS, but of course, he didn’t specify which.

“Maybe she’s a tank, she could be damage, damage or a tank would be cool,” Jeff said before diligently heading back to his LEGO set.

So even though Jeff’s tease didn’t tell us exactly what the Junker Queen’s role will be, it did narrow it down to DPS and Tank, which is definitely more than we knew before.

Blizzard EntertainmentKaplan teased that Junker Queen would probably be added to Overwatch as a DPS or Tank.

Kaplan didn’t mention anything else about the Junker Queen during the stream, but it might be worth keeping an eye out for her to come out sometime during 2020.

If you missed Jeff’s Christmas Eve Yule Log stream, the full VOD is available on YouTube and there will be a replay on Twitch for Christmas day.

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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.