Overwatch Not Being Part of the Loot Boxes Controversy Is Both True And False

Overwatch Not Being Part of the Loot Boxes Controversy Is Both True And False
From N4G - November 12, 2017
capjacksparrow1h ago(Edited 1h ago)

I do not find any fault with Overwatch's loot box system, it's the poor implementation in other games that I find to be the problem. Overwatch's system works for three key reasons, at least in my opinion.

- The loot box rewards are in no way tied to player progression or any pay to win scenario, everything obtained within them is purely cosmetic
- They are easily obtainable in game. In fact, they actually added ways to get them with weekly arcade loot boxes
- Most importantly, they ensure the fan base has a steady flow of content including maps, heroes, game modes, and events for FREE

If any of these things are missing or altered, I feel like the consumer can feel like they are being swindled by a company. Destiny 2, for instance, uses loot boxes that offer cosmetic items that are one time use (or so I have read). This seems incredibly frustrating considering you would have to get lucky again to obtain the same item you previously had in case you decided to go with another look for a short while. On top of that, Bungie's charges for all of their expansions. Shelling out money on top of money is a nuisance and can be quite frustrating.

If minimal, I do not see the problem with loot boxes. Developers have to continually work on the game to keep it entertaining, fresh, and running smoothly. A one time flat fee of $60 (and $0 if bought used) may not cover payroll and overhead over a long period of time. Granted, Overwatch should be fine on that front, but other games may not be if they try the same model of giving free stuff out as Overwatch does.

Now, if you make the argument that everything that launched with overwatch (skins, voice lines, sprays) should be obtainable with in game progression, I could not fault that logic. They could simply charge for any later DLC. That being said, it alienates the community if they were to do that with the maps and heroes as well. Also, I would rather have access to everything as it comes out via the loot boxes that I get for free. These people are not going to and should not work for free to add stuff on to the game. This is a good way to channel money while making the game accessible for all users.


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