Blizzard’s super-hyped hero shooter went live at midnight, huzzah! Also, microtransactions. But before you swear you’re not going to buy it now because FROTHY SPITTLE RANT, Overwatch‘s microtransactions are the nice kind of transactions, not the… other kind of microtransactions. Basically, it’s all cosmetic stuff and you can even earn it in-game if you don’t want to pay real cash munnies.
When you level up in Overwatch, you get a Loot Box. It’s – gasp! – a box of loot, including a random assortment of blinging thingies for your characters. If you simply cannot wait and must have it now now now, though, you can buy them instead in packs of two, five, 11, 24, and 50.
“Loot Boxes contain random items that can be used to customize the appearance of your heroes and personalize the ways they express themselves,” reads the product blurb on Xbox Live. “These can include items such as Skins, Emotes, Victory Poses, Voice Lines, Sprays, and Highlight Intros, as well as Credits that you can use toward unlocking an item of your choice. Items come in common, rare, epic, and legendary quality levels. Every Loot Box contains at least one rare quality or better item. If your Loot Box contains an item that is already in your collection, you will instead receive Credits.”
Intriguingly enough, costs vary a bit according to platform. Some items are cheaper or more expensive between PC (prices in euros), Xbox One, and PS4, although not by much.
All future maps, modes, characters, and whatever else will be free in Overwatch. Besides any expansions, anyway. And you know there’s going to be expansions.