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Overwatch artist creates unbelievable Junker Queen 3D model

Published: 11/Apr/2019 19:18 Updated: 11/Apr/2019 19:34

by Bill Cooney

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Artist and Overwatch fan Gong Ill has once again created a fantastic 3D model, this time for the fan-favorite Junker Queen character.

Junker Queen was introduced on a poster just before the introduction of Wrecking Ball, and before we all knew about Hammond, a lot of people thought the Queen would be the next new hero.

It’s been almost a year since Hammond was released and Junker Queen is still a background character, but that didn’t stop Gong Ill from creating their own impressive 3D model of what the character could look like in-game.

Gong IllJunker Queen, ready to tear it up.
https://www.artstation.com/artwork/zAKvWD

Overwatch’s Queen brought to life

The model is based on all the representations of the Junker Queen in-game, and Gong gets the details spot on.

She’s got blue hair, as well as a feather on the left shoulder and spikes on the right, just like in Hammond’s spray and origin story when she’s featured.

Gong IllJunker Queen’s spear is straight from the Junkertown map.
https://www.artstation.com/artwork/zAKvWD

Gong even gave the Queen the spear that sits next to her throne on Junkertown as a weapon, just another example of the crazy detail in this concept.

If Junker Queen ever is added to the game, she’ll could definitely look a lot like this, but so far she only exists in the background.

Gong IllGong also posted images of various stages of creating the Junker Queen.
https://www.artstation.com/artwork/zAKvWD

Will we ever get our Junker Queen?

Another character who spent years in the background of Overwatch is Maximilien, Doomfist’s evil Omnic accountant, who’s Overwatch’s target in this year’s Storm Rising Archives PvE event.

Just how Maximilien figures into Storm Rising remains to be seen, but an in-game model of him has been previewed by Overwatch, so some are saying he could be a playable hero before long.

Whether Junker Queen will ever become an actual Overwatch hero remains to be seen, but thanks once again to Gong Ill, fans now have the next best thing to her being added to the game.

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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.