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Overwatch heroes without hats are surprisingly disturbing

Published: 15/Sep/2019 20:29 Updated: 16/Sep/2019 13:26

by Bill Cooney

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A curious Overwatch player has discovered the horrors lurking underneath the game’s detailed and brightly-colored surfaces.

Overwatch is known and loved partly because of its unique art style and characters, which is one of the reasons it’s so popular with fans.

Reddit user Owlero decided to find out what lies underneath the surface of some of Overwatch’s skins, and the results might just haunt you in your sleep tonight.

What did Owlero find?

Owlero used the Overwatch replay viewer to look at what Symmetra, Reaper, Torbjorn, Moira and Zarya look like underneath their hats.

Symmtra’s Oasis skin has a mask that covers her eyes, and it also takes them away, leaving the hero with a blue face and black eyes that looks like it’s right out of a horror movie.

There are some interesting things under the various hats in this game. from r/Overwatch

Reaper is in serious need of a trip to the barber, based on what his hair looks like underneath his Blackwatch skin’s beanie. Hopefully that’s just hat hair, otherwise Reyes is in some serious need of a touch up.

Turns out Torbjorn has a lazy eye underneath the eyepatch of his Blackbeard skin, but the wildest surprises have to come from Moira and Zarya.

Moira’s Blackwatch skin and Zarya’s Siberian Front have two things in common: both heroes have hats, and both are almost completely bald underneath as well.

Blizzard EntertainmentMoira, you can leave your hat on.

New Overwatch update coming soon?

Developers have confirmed that more hero balance changes, including some for Zarya and Symmetra, will arrive to the game soon.

They didn’t give an exact date for when the changes would arrive, but they did say they would be balancing more heroes going forward to bring them in line with the new 2-2-2 system.

Zarya and Symmetra will both be getting a change to their beam damage, according to developers.

As we said, we don’t have an exact timetable for when these changes will be happening, but they could be coming just before or after the Overwatch League Grand Finals on September 29.

Maybe the changes to Zarya and Symmetra will help us forget what they look like underneath some of their skins.

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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.

Oni Genji Overwatch skin
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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.

Overwatch loot box drop rates
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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.