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Overwatch releases stop motion Christmas animation featuring Tracer and Reaper

Published: 18/Dec/2018 19:49 Updated: 18/Dec/2018 19:52

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch has given fans an early Christmas gift this year: a new stop-motion animation of Tracer and Reaper battling over Santa’s cookies.

The first stop-motion animation also featured Reaper and Tracer making a cake for the game’s second anniversary in May, 2018.

The pair return in the newest short, except this time Tracer is attempting to keep Santa’s cookies out of Reaper’s claws.

The short takes place in a living room on Christmas eve after cookies are left out for Santa, Reaper decides he wants some, but Tracer know these treats are meant for the big man himself.

After an impressively-animated fight sequence, the man in red makes a short appearance, and drops off a new addition to the cast, Doomfist, who promptly shatters the plate the cookies were on.

Stop-motion animation is an extremely time consuming method of filming, so the Overwatch team has probably been working on this since the last one came out in May.

Blizzard is also giving fans a bunch of new holiday skins and cosmetics as part of the Winter Wonderland event this year, which runs until January 2, 2019.

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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.