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Will Overwatch ever get crossplay between PC and console?

Published: 4/Oct/2019 18:37 Updated: 4/Oct/2019 19:09

by Brent Koepp

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Sony quietly revealed on October 1 that it has opened up crossplay to any developer, and Blizzard Entertainment has responded about the potential for Overwatch to join the ranks of titles allowing players to game together across PlayStation, Xbox and PC.

Sony received backlash in 2018 when CEO Kenichiro Yoshida said that the company didn’t believe in opening up their platform to crossplay. However, after major push back from players, the gaming publisher revered its policy.

Crossplay was in beta and available for only select games such as Fortnite and Rocket League, but on October 1, the Japanese console maker revealed in an interview with Wired magazine that cross-play is now open to all developers – including Blizzard Entertainment.

Blizzard EntertainmentCould the popular hero shooter get crossplay with consoles and PC?

Overwatch getting cross-play?

Fresh off Sony’s announcement, Overwatch developers were asked whether their popular hero shooter would be going crossplay, and their answer was interesting to say the least.

“Cross-play is something that would definitely be compelling for players, and as a player, I would love to see it happen. The truth is that implementing cross-play for Overwatch is more difficult than people realise,” Overwatch producer Wes Yanagi said to GameSpot.

Later on in the interview, the Blizzard employee clarified and said that Blizzard were at least considering the possibility. “We are exploring how to bring this to Overwatch, but do not have anything to share at this time.”

Seeing consoles and PC finally connecting in Overwatch matchmaking would be a major deal if they are able to pull it off.

Microsoft / SonySony and Microsoft will finally be joining forces, as this fall multiplayer titles will be able to cross-play between platforms.

Crossplay on PlayStation 4 out of beta

In the Wired editorial, they sat down with Sony Interactive executive Jim Ryan where it was revealed that crossplay has officially moved out of beta. Which means that the feature is now open to any developer that requests the functionality.

Modern Warfare, which comes out on October 25, will be the first major title on PlayStation to take advantage of the feature, as the popular military FPS will see PS4 players competing against PC and Xbox players for the first time.

The developer is also bringing the popular multiplayer to portable as it’s coming out on Nintendo Switch on October 15, so the more they can spread the game around to as many players as possible the better.

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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.

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.