Blizzard is Finally Reducing Duplicates in Overwatch Loot Boxes

We recently reported on what frustrates many Overwatch players (including myself), and whilst many directed their anger at certain characters, or the way in which teammates refuse to work...
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We recently reported on what frustrates many Overwatch players (including myself), and whilst many directed their anger at certain characters, or the way in which teammates refuse to work together or change roles to adapt to the current line up of the team and so forth. Yet something I had completely forgotten about, or perhaps even repressed, was by far the most annoying part of Overwatch, which of course has to be duplicates.

Seriously, how annoying are duplicates? You spend your time scrapping through each battle to finally earn yourself a loot box, hoping that it contains that one skin or whatever it is you desire, only to find its that same spray you unlocked last week and end up just having a few credits chucked in your face and told to be on your way. I’m being dramatic there perhaps, but still its something that should feel like a reward but the majority of the time it really doesn’t.

Take the seasonal events, for example. Particularly the Winter Wonderland event at the tail end of last year, I put a stupid, and I mean STUPID amount of time into that event in an attempt to get my grubby mitts on that Winston Yeti skin that so many desired. Alas, here I am seven months down the line without my desired Winston Yeti skin, and from the looks of the message boards at the time I wasn’t the only one missing out on it. Then reading comments of how some players were awarded it in their first crate, which I guess is the luck of the draw, which is what I said to myself as a single tear streamed down my face.

But rant over, and tears no more, fellow Overwatch fans. According to a new Overwatch update added to the PTR, there has been a massive decrease in duplicate loots, in which director Jeff Kaplan confirmed that the update “”drastically reduce the rate of duplicates that you’ll get out of any lootbox.” He continued:

“We think this will be immediately evident and extremely significant for all of our players and we think it’s going to feel fantastic.”

On top of that, a bunch of new clip recording options are being added to the game, if you’re into saving your highlights and that sort of thing. Of course, there’s only a finite amount of content in Overwatch, so yes, there will still be duplicates. Yet going forward it will be at a far lower rate than before, and that is news that many of us have been waiting for.

Are you happy to hear that there will be less duplicates in the future for Overwatch loot boxes? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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