Overwatch recently began its anniversary event. The event made available 11 legendary skins, 24 dance emotes, 48 voice lines, and 48 sprays. These cosmetic items can be obtained from loot boxes or bought with in-game credit. This credit can only be gained from loot boxes and duplicate items found in loot boxes. While players of Overwatch have always dealt with this, many have been more vocal with their criticisms recently due to the pricing of the anniversary event.
One of the most notable criticisms comes from a post on Reddit which calculated the number of in-game credits needed to obtain all the items. In short, the price for everything as a whole has risen greatly while the total number of items has not changed much.
- Anniversary: 56,475 for 108 items
- Uprising: 36,825 credits for 95 items
- Year of the Rooster: 37,050 credits for 99 items
- Winter Wonderland: 33,075 credits for 94 items
- Halloween Terror: 31,500 credits for 94 items
- Summer Games: 0 credits for 0 items (32,250 for 72 items if they were buyable)
This has lead game director Jeff Kaplan to respond on the Blizzard forums. There was no commit to take action on feedback however Kaplan states that he had a discussion with other developers about it and he is listening to what fans are saying.
“I just wanted to acknowledge that we’ve been following the threads about the loot box rewards as they pertain to the anniversary events, other events and loot boxes in general. The feedback and suggestions have been helpful to us. We had a really great discussion yesterday about the feedback we’ve been hearing this week. While I don’t have any immediate action items to report, I thought it was important for you to know that we are listening.”
Again this is not a commitment to make any changes. With that said it, in the current gaming climate, they are likely to address the issue eventually. Blizzard will want to avoid a similar situation to Ubisoft where For Honor players organized a black out and brought negative press to the game. There is no knowing when changes will come however we will be sure to write about it when it does.