Overwatch Will Have Microtransactions, Here's What They Are

Overwatch will feature microtransactions for cosmetic items.

If you thought Overwatch, Blizzard's insanely popular class-based first person shooter, would escape the microtransaction bug that's infected so many multiplayer games, you'd sadly be wrong. Fortunately, the microtransactions will be limited to cosmetic items only, and will use a system somewhat similar to Team Fortress 2's supply crates.

If you played the beta, you no doubt opened plenty of loot boxes. These boxes contained four random items to customize your characters, such as new emotes, skins, and sprays. While you can still gain loot boxes from leveling up, you can also opt to spend money for more loot boxes.  The prices are as follows:

  • 2 boxes - $1.99
  • 5 boxes - $4.99
  • 11 boxes - $9.99
  • 24 boxes - $19.99
  • 50 boxes - $39.99

The boxes only contain cosmetic items, so players who spend money on the boxes won't have a better change of winning, though they may have more stylish characters.  Blizzard has confirmed that they won't be selling extra characters or maps as microtransactions as well. 

Published May. 24th 2016
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