In a blog post detailing the Overwatch Anniversary Remix Vol. 3 event, the company quietly revealed that loot boxes will no longer be on sale as of August 30.
“Loot Boxes will no longer be available for sale after the end of the Anniversary Remix Vol. 3 event on August 30. However, you will still be able to earn standard loot boxes after the end of the event.”
This event is a way for players to finally acquire skins that have been difficult to obtain in previous years, or exclusive to certain challenges that are no longer available.
Overwatch 2 will launch in early access on October 4, 2022 as a free-to-play title.
It will include a new seasonal structure featuring battle passes and, unlike the original game, it won’t include loot boxes.
When asked what would happen to unopened loot boxes players may have stored, Overwatch commercial lead, Jon Spector replied: “To give you a quick answer now though, those existing currencies (credits, OWL tokens, and competitive points) will come with you into Overwatch 2.
“We are not transitioning loot boxes into Overwatch 2, and ahead of launch, any unopened loot boxes will be automatically opened with your account receiving all the contents directly.”
He added: “OW1 credits come with you to OW2, but our new virtual currency will be the main currency, and there will be things in OW2 that will not be purchasable with those OW1 credits”.